After taking over at Twitter, Elon Musk has created a lot of headlines as his plans for the social media platform come to light.
One of the most controversial initiatives announced so far was the suggestion that users should have to pay a fee to be verified on the platform.
Many people have criticised Elon Musk for this idea, pointing out that the point of blue check marks is more about authenticity than status.
Stephen King slams Elon Musk on Twitter
One user who criticised the new boss of the company was Stephen King, as he suggested he’d leave Twitter were this measure to come in.
“20 dollars a month to keep my blue check?” he started.
“F**k that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.”
Elon Musk then replied, but was widely ridiculed for immediately reducing the suggested fee by more than half.
“We need to pay the bills somehow!” Elon Musk replied.
“Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about eight dollars?”
That sudden change to his plan suggested he hadn’t fully thought this through.
Elon Musk changes the fee to eight dollars
It seems that Elon Musk is now sticking with the price of eight dollars, as he has repeated this number in various interactions and posts since the exchange with Stephen King.
“To all complainers, please continue complaining, but it will cost eight dollars,” was his most emphatic tweet, as he doubled down on the plan.
Elon Musk also shared a number of memes about the price of eight dollars, even comparing it to a Starbucks coffee.
It’s not clear at this stage if the fee for Twitter verification will go ahead, but Elon Musk had reportedly tasked Twitter employees with working out a mechanism for implementing this by the end of this current week.