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Musk asks Stephen King if he would pay $8/month for a checkmark on Twitter

The upcoming cost of being verified on Twitter has notable users questioning their use of the platform.

In a bid to keep the lights on at Twitter, billionaire and CEO of multiple companies Elon Musk has asked Stephen King if he would be willing to pay $8 a month for the privilege of a blue checkmark. This latest development only adds to the hilarious story of Twitter’s plans to charge users $20 a month to be verified.

On October 30, 2022, Stephen King took to Twitter to share a sentiment many users are feeling in regards to the company’s recent plans. “Fuck that, they should pay me,” writes King at the idea he pay $20 USD per month to have a blue checkmark beside his name – Twitter’s method of signifying a verified account.

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Elon Musk, never one to miss an opportunity to tweet, replied to King asking if he would be willing to pay $8 a month. Musk also notes that the reason for this new cost to users is, “We need to pay the bills somehow!” He follows this up by explaining that this is the “only way to defeat the bots and trolls”.

Thankfully, users will receive an explanation from Musk before this is implemented. He plans to explain in a rationale in a longer form the exact reasoning behind this decision. There’s a chance we’ll hear about this reasoning rather soon, especially if the rumors are true that the developers responsible for the update are to be fired if they don’t hit the November 7 deadline.

Much like Stephen King, other noteworthy users have expressed their displeasure with the platform now that Musk is in charge. The seemingly omniscient Nibel, known for reporting on breaking video game news, has quit Twitter citing that he does not “trust Musk and his seemingly infinite immaturity”. If Stephen King sticks by what he says, we could see the fabled author depart the platform.

What the future holds for Twitter is squarely in the hands of Elon Musk and the social media platform’s userbase. Perhaps there is a price between zero dollars and $20 USD where users would feel comfortable paying for verification. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date as this story evolves.

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    October 31, 2022 11:15 PM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Musk asks Stephen King if he would pay $8/month for a checkmark on Twitter

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      November 1, 2022 12:24 AM

      So he bought a business that doesn't make money, relies on user generated content and then wants to charge people for the privilege?

      Good luck buddy

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        November 1, 2022 1:14 AM

        TikTok, Twitch, and IG pay their top creators which in turn drives user growth.

        Incredible brain to think that charging creators instead is the way to go, genius of our times

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          November 1, 2022 1:26 AM

          Plus if you can just buy it, it doesn’t hold the same weight. Incredibly stupid.

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            November 1, 2022 1:36 AM

            Paramount should have charged Tom Cruise to be in Top Gun Maverick instead of paying him.

            Fucking dumbass.

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              November 1, 2022 5:01 PM

              NEW PARADIGM *****Mind Explodes*****

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        November 1, 2022 1:18 AM

        Am I right in understanding that his initial offer was just because he wanted to drive up the price of his own Twitter stock before selling it, but that is illegal so he was forced to go through with the deal? If so that is hilarious.

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          November 1, 2022 4:34 AM

          My uninformed view is that he had a fever dream of actually wanting to buy it and then realized it was a terrible idea when he came back to earth

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        November 1, 2022 4:13 AM

        I hope Twitter turns to shit, not just financially, but as a communications platform for Musk's bullshit.

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          November 1, 2022 4:46 AM

          Already is I think. Problem's going to be following the people in actually interested in to some other platform

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          November 1, 2022 4:48 PM


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      November 1, 2022 1:32 AM

      Trying to match wits with King instead of listen to him is truly a brilliant move. Will definitely end well.

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        November 1, 2022 6:39 AM

        egotistical centered narcissists don't physically understand when they're in over their heads, hence the "let's go" attitude Silver Spoon boy has.

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        November 1, 2022 2:24 PM

        Its very funny that he thinks King is balking at the amount so now he’s haggling.

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          November 1, 2022 4:33 PM

          It's amazing to me that he didn't even stop and actually think about what King was saying, he was so fixed on what he wanted.

          You just know he's in a mad dash to come up with any way to make this purchase not just a complete bomb. I wouldn't bet on him finding something.

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        November 1, 2022 5:09 PM

        I'm going to read King books and demand that he pays me to read them

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