Twitter Blue Subscription is back today. But the verification available from today (on December 1, will cost $8 for Android users and $11 for iPhone owners per month.
Elon has hiked the price of Twitter Blue subscription service from $8 to $11 for iPhone users, retaining the 30 per cent cut that Apple takes on revenues from iOS apps on its App Store.
“We’re relaunching @TwitterBlue on Monday – subscribe on web for $8/month or on iOS for $11/month to get access to subscriber-only features, including the blue checkmark,” the company said.
Those who subscribe will get Edit Tweet, 1080p video uploads, reader mode, and a blue checkmark (after their account has been reviewed).
“We’ll begin replacing that “official” label with a gold checkmark for businesses, and later in the week a grey checkmark for government and multilateral accounts,” said the company.
Subscribers will be able to change their handle, display name or profile photo, “but if they do, they’ll temporarily lose the blue checkmark until their account is reviewed again,” said Twitter.
Twitter Blue Subscription Service Returns after a backlash, but with a higher price tag
Musk last month launched Blue subscription plan with verification but later postponed it after it met with huge controversy as several fake accounts came up on the platform, impersonating brands and celebrities.
He said that the micro-blogging platform will relaunch its $8 Twitter Blue subscription service with verification from November 29, this time more “rock solid,” but deferred that too to avoid Apple’s 30 per cent cut of App Store purchases.
Musk criticised the App Store cut, calling it a “hidden 30 per cent tax on the Internet”.
Later, after his meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Musk said that they had “resolved” misunderstandings over the micro-blogging platform possibly being removed from the App Store.
In November Twitter Blue, within a week of Twitter rolling out its Blue subscription service that allowed users to pay 7.99 for a verified checkmark, the company announced it’s putting the program on pause. Twitter Blue was the first big product launch under Elon Musk at Twitter, and it’s been a bust. Fraudsters bought subscriptions so they could impersonate people or brands and cause mischief.
So Who Gets Twitter Blue First?
Existing Twitter Blue subscribers who initially subscribed on iOS will need to upgrade to the higher price on iOS to receive a blue checkmark. They will receive a pro-rated refund for the remaining days in their previous subscription. If existing subscribers on iOS do not want to upgrade, they can either cancel on iOS or else their existing subscriptions will be canceled with notice.
Existing Twitter Blue subscribers who initially subscribed on either web or Android do not have the option to upgrade at this time. They can either manually cancel their subscription on the platform they subscribed on, in which case they will get the service through the end of their current billing period, or their subscriptions will be canceled with notice.
Availability: Twitter Blue is currently available on iOS only in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, with plans to expand. Not all features available on all platforms. Newly created Twitter accounts will not be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue for 90 days. We may also impose waiting periods for new accounts in the future at our discretion, and without notice.
Where do I sign up for Twitter Blue?
You can only sign up for the new Twitter Blue from the Profile menu in your Twitter app on iOS if you are in one of the regions where Twitter Blue is offered. Twitter may impose waiting periods for new accounts without notice.