Valerie Bertinelli, Stephen King and more celebrities react to Elon Musk's paid Twitter verification proposal

Valerie Bertinelli, Stephen King and more celebrities react to Elon Musk’s paid Twitter verification proposal

Elon Musk said he would charge users $8 per month for verification on the platform.

Elon Musk has officially taken over Twitter and is already starting to roll out changes.

The Tesla CEO has announced that he wants to charge Twitter users a monthly fee of $7.99 to get a verified checkmark on the social media platform.

“Get Twitter Blue if you sign up now. Blue tick: Power to the people. Your account will receive a blue tick, as will the celebrities, businesses and politicians you follow,” read a statement, according to the New York Post.

That said, just talking about these changes was enough to anger many celebrities and politicians, and now they’re speaking out against Musk and his decision to charge fees for verified accounts.

Valerie Bertinelli– who initially started following the trend early on Sunday because she changed her Twitter profile picture to that of Musk – wrote: “The blue tick just means your identity has been verified. Scammers would have a harder time pretending to be you. That no longer applies. Good luck there!”

She later admitted that she had no intention of going viral for the tongue-in-cheek stunt and reinstated her profile picture to be one of herself.

“Okey-dokey I had fun and I think I made my point,” she wrote in a separate tweet, “I’m just not a ‘trendy’ girl. I don’t have never been, I never want to be. have a nice Sunday everyone! xo”

Stephen King also rang, first expressing his disgust in a Tweeter shared on Halloween that cited an earlier report that suggested Must was looking up to $20 a month for verification, “$20 a month to keep my check blue? F–k that, they should pay me. If instituted, I left like Enron.”

Musk replied, “We have to pay the bills somehow! Twitter can’t rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8?”

Musk continued, “I’ll explain the reasoning in a longer form before it’s implemented. It’s the only way to defeat bots and trolls.”

King then followed up with musk not once, but twice. First writing“Congratulations to Elon Musk, who started a revolution in the way the world drives and who has incredible visionary skills. I bought a first Tesla and traded it for another. Wonderful cars (no autopilot for me, thank you). That said, when it comes to Twitter…”

In a third tweet, King wrote“Musk reminds me of Tom Sawyer, who is given the task of whitewashing a fence as punishment. Tom asks his friends to do the chores for him and make them pay for the privilege. what Musk wants to do with Twitter. No no no.”

The representative of the New York 14e district, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezalso had things to say: “Yo @elonmusk while I have your attention, why should people pay $8 just to have their app blocked when they say something you don’t like? Here’s to what does my app look like since my tweet upset you yesterday. What’s good? Doesn’t seem very free speech to me.”

Marc Ruffalo wasn’t afraid to comment on the issue either and responded directly to Ocasio-Cortez, writing“Elon. Please, for the sake of decency, get off Twitter, give the keys to someone who does this like a real job, and keep leading Tesla and SpaceX. You’re destroying your credibility. That’s not all just not a good see.”

To what musk replied“Heat stroke: not everything the AOC says is accurate”

In a tweet responding to Musk, Ruffalo confirmed his view on why the blue tick is necessary, writing“Maybe so. That’s why having robust filters for misinformation/misinformation and credible verified users has been a popular feature for people and advertisers. We need those safeguards for us make sure it’s accurate information, otherwise the app loses credibility, just like you do. And people leave.”

Despite the concerns, Musk still says he plans to bring the in-game payment process to his platform, though not as quickly as he previously hoped.

According to a recent New York Times report, Twitter’s CEO won’t roll out the new verification process until after the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

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