Twitter users with the coveted blue verified tick on their account may soon find themselves having to pay to keep that status.
Twitter executives are “strongly considering” requiring those with a free tick on their profile to pay $5 each month to subscribe to Twitter Blue or lose their badge, This was reported by platformer Casey Newton Sunday afternoon. Executives spent the weekend talking about the idea and making plans for the measure, Newton sources said.
The blue badge is seen by some as a status symbol. To be eligible, accounts must be “This includes the accounts of government officials; people who represent well-known brands; news organizations and journalists; activists; celebrities; athletes and others.
They are also quite rare. In 2021, 360,000 accounts were verified, or 0.2% of Twitter’s monetized daily active users. However, such a claim could provide the company with a new revenue stream at a time when it is reportedly preparing for layoffs under new owner Elon Musk.
Twitter Blue is a, including allowing users to undo a tweet, read news without ads, edit a posted tweet, organize your bookmarks into folders, pin conversations in your DMs, upload videos up to 10 minutes long, and more. When the service launched in 2021, it cost $3, but in October the monthly cost rose to $5.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the blue icon would be included in all Twitter Blue subscriptions, according to plans that have reportedly been discussed. It can also generate more interest in the subscription service.
Twitter officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.