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Elon Musk’s Twitter Blue with Verification is now live

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The new Twitter Blue, which now costs $7.99 a month and gives you a blue verified tick, is officially available in its app for iPhones and iPads. Twitter owner Elon Musk started hyped the new Blue just days after he acquired the company in late October, promising features like verification, priority on replies, mentions and search, and “half as many ads,” and now you can actually get the new subscription.

At the moment, for people who subscribe to the new package, their account will immediately add a verified check, but the other new benefits are not yet available. It is unclear when the new subscription will be available to users on Android, Twitter web or in countries where Twitter Blue was not yet available.

On the signup form on iOS, the price of $7.99 per month is positioned as a “limited time offer.” At the moment you can’t log in on the web – you have to log in on iOS.

A screenshot of the Twitter Blue signup form.

Will the $7.99 price go up in the future?
Screenshot by Jay Peters / The Verge

While Musk has positioned paid verification as a way to increase trust in the platform, the idea has also been criticized for potentially enabling the exact opposite, in part because it could theoretically make anyone pay to say they have the verified version. be someone else’s.

The redesigned Blue is a big change from what it was before. So far, perhaps the Blue’s most notable feature has been its ability to edit tweets, which finally made it to Twitter after years of desperate begging from users. The service also came at a cheaper price of $4.99 per month, but we should probably be thankful that the new Blue didn’t cost $20 (thanks Stephen King), although given the language of the “limited time offer”, the price may eventually get there.

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