Elon Musk is delaying his plan to charge Twitter users a $7.99 monthly subscription fee, just one day after announcing the move… and it’s all due to the midterm elections.
The New York Times claimed, citing an internal Twitter memo, that Musk was putting his policy on hold – for the time being – due to worries that his verification service would propagate fake news across his social media network, potentially influencing voters during the midterm elections.
Employees at Twitter were outraged, saying that anyone could pay the blue check subscription fee and create accounts impersonating President Biden, members of Congress, or journalistic organisations. Scammers might then use the verified accounts to spread fake information about voting results, instilling suspicion among residents ahead of Tuesday’s election.
Musk unveiled his “Twitter Blue” subscription fee to verified users over the weekend and attempted to appeal to others with a celebrity sales pitch. He claimed that all subscribers would receive a blue checkmark “just like superstars.” He also discussed suggestions for reducing advertisements and allowing longer films to be broadcast on the social media network.
One Twitter employee, who was communicating with coworkers via the internal Slack channel, questioned why the business was “making such a hazardous change before elections, which has the potential to cause election meddling.”
Under criticism, Twitter management opted to push the subscription fee distribution date to November 9, one day after the election.
Musk purchased Twitter for an eye-popping $44 billion in late October. Since then, he has fired several top Twitter executives and thousands more employees due to purportedly losing $4 million per day.