Elon Musk has only owned Twitter for four days, but the big broom has already started to sweep.
Twitter plans to combine its two features: verification of user accounts and a paid subscription model.
The workers responsible for the project were told on Sunday that they will be fired if the project is not completed by November 7. So there is a week.
Tells about it The Verge, who says he has seen material related to the subject. Presumably, the source is Twitter’s rebellious employees who are not satisfied with the company’s new owner To Elon Musk and his leadership style.
Currently, the verification of user accounts – in other words, that the owner of the account is whoever they claim to be – has been done by Twitter at its own discretion, and users have not been able to request verification themselves. For users, this has been shown as blue confirmation machines in connection with the username of verified users.
Twitter’s voluntary paid subscription model Twitter Blue, on the other hand, has so far only been used in the United States. With a monthly fee of $4.99, users have gained some additional features.
The requested new feature limits the verification of user accounts to only Twitter Blue users; existing verified users must purchase a paid subscription within 90 days or lose their verified status. The price of the Twitter Blue subscription is also going to be increased to $19.99.
With this, Twitter Blue will probably also be forced to expand into a global feature. In practice, the change also means that anyone who bought a paid subscription can get a blue confirmation icon in the future. Presumably, identity verification will be done with the help of a payment instrument, but there may not be certainty about this even among Twitter employees.
Behind this enhanced project management is Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, who marched through the company’s doors last Thursday and set his first tasks at changing the board of directors. Musk has talked about Twitter’s headcount being rather bloated and middle-management-focused, and that he plans to fire 75% of the company’s employees. This has awakened a spirit of rebellion in the employees.
Separating the wheat from the chaff has started quite rapidly. Encoders, for example were asked to print on paper code he wrote over the past month to allow Musk to personally assess who are productive workers and who are not.