On Tuesday, Twitter reintroduced its Blue membership with verification, requiring users to provide a confirmed phone number in order to join, after Elon Musk’s announcement that he would be eliminating all legacy blue badges in the coming months.
Blue’s subscription service with verification costs $8 per month for Android users and $11 per month for iPhone owners.
“Starting today, when you subscribe your account will get access to subscriber-only features including Edit Tweet, 1080p video uploads, reader mode, and a blue checkmark (once your account has been reviewed),” said the company.
“Soon, subscribers with the blue checkmark will get priority ranking in search, mentions, and replies to help lower the visibility of scams, spam and bots,” the micro-blogging platform added.
For Blue badge subscription, your Twitter account must be at least 90 days old and have a verified phone number.
Twitter has announced that it would soon begin replacing checkmarks with either gold (for businesses) or grey (for others, such as authorities) badges under its new system. Read: Gold, Grey, Blue Ticks On Twitter
Musk also announced, “we will remove all legacy blue checks”. “The way in which they were given out was corrupt and nonsensical,” he added.
Members can update their profile information such as their handle, display name, and profile picture, but doing so will result in a temporary loss of their blue checkmark status until their account is reviewed again “in a tweet.
Musk has also stated that Twitter will soon boost the character limit for tweets from 280 to 4,000.
Last month, Musk introduced the Blue membership, but he has since delayed it due to the widespread backlash caused by the proliferation of bogus accounts copying well-known brands and personalities.
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