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Miguna Miguna calls out Elon Musk for payment for Twitter verification

By Wangu Kanuri November 2nd, 2022 2 min read

Lawyer Miguna Miguna has called out on Twitter CEO Elon Musk after announcing that people with verified accounts would pay Sh800 while Twitter blue will part with Sh2,428 monthly to keep the blue ticks.

He announced the development in a tweet on Sunday, just days after he took over one of the world’s most influential social media platforms.

However, he would then clarify that the price would be adjusted regarding a country proportionate to purchasing power parity.

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This has elicited debate in the bird app, with the Canadian cum Kenyan lawyer shooting back, saying that the tech giant was becoming ‘greedy’ yet he already has a lot of wealth in his name.

“Mr. @elonmusk: You don’t need the money. Greed is one of the worst sins. Stop exploiting Twitter users. If you persist, we will ORGANIZE a mass exodus from Twitter and turn your ‘investment’ into a nightmare! Continue pushing us!!” He tweeted. 

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A verified account is designed to make people aware that the account is authentic. “To receive the blue badge, your account must be authentic, notable, and active.”

Currently, there is no charge to be verified, as it is meant to simply be a way to stop accounts from impersonating you if your account has been proven to be of public interest.

Twitter Blue was launched in June last year as the platform’s first subscription service, which offers “exclusive access to premium features” on a monthly subscription basis, including an option to edit tweets.

With the ongoing uproar following the charges introduced, Musk then tweeted, “To all complainers, please continue complaining, but it will cost $8 (Sh800).”

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Musk is among the richest people in the world.

He has co-founded six companies, including electric car maker Tesla, rocket producer SpaceX and tunnelling startup Boring Company.

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