[Updated] Why is Twitter Blue verification priced at $4.99 per month instead of $7.99? Here's what you need to know

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on November 7, 2022) follows:

It seems that Twitter is currently undergoing a massive revamp ever since Elon Musk’s takeover.

Within a limited number of days, there have already been several noteworthy developments including layoffs, content council, too many advertisements, and more.

And now, the recent talk in Twitter town is the company’s verification policy for the blue checkmarks.

Twitter Blue verification price

Twitter recently updated its iOS app to support Elon Musk’s $7.99 or $8 per month Twitter Blue.

It will include fewer ads, priority in replies mentions, and the ability to post longer videos than the current limit.

However, a number of reports suggest that the new Twitter Blue subscription is even available for $4.99/month despite Elon’s $8/month plan.

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@elonmusk Why is my Twitter Blue saying it’s only $4.99? Did you give me a discount because I’m your number 1 fan?😂
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I updated my iPhone app, and I still only see the $4.99 Twitter Blue, even though the app update description mentions the $8
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This pricing scheme has confused many as users are still getting to see and even subscribe to the service for $4.99/month.

Moreover, the new paid verification badges also raise concerns about the probable misuse by people trying to impersonate celebrities and other important figures.

As a result, this ever-looming fear has even reportedly led to Twitter delaying the rollout of verification checkmarks until after the midterm elections.

But the uncertainty regarding the actual subscription price continues to prevail. We’ve added a screenshot of the unchanged Twitter Blue plan below:

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Here’s what you need to know

The reason why Twitter hasn’t started charging $7.99 or $8 per month for the new paid plan is simply that some of the features haven’t rolled out yet.

According to a product lead at Twitter, the subscription charge will soon shift after the verification or Blue checkmark.

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However, it’s still not clear when the verification through Twitter Blue will go live but it seems like it’s happening soon.

That said, we’ll keep tabs on further developments and update the article accordingly.

Update 1 (November 22, 2022)

02:52 pm (IST): Twitter team wants to make sure there is high confidence of stopping impersonation before the relaunch of the ‘Blue Verified’ feature, according to Elon Musk.

Holding off relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence of stopping impersonation.

Will probably use different color check for organizations than individuals.
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Update 2 (November 25, 2022)

04:52 pm (IST): Elon Musk confirms that the revamped ‘Blue Verified’ Twitter will be available starting Friday of next week. He also provides details on how it will work.

Companies: will get a Gold check
Government figures: will get a Gray check
Individuals (including celebrities): Blue check

Also, all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before the check activates. There are no details yet on the requirements of the manual verification process.

Individuals can have a secondary tiny logo showing they belong to an org if verified as such by that org. More details will come next week:

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