“We will organise mass exodus” Twitter Bigwigs livid with Elon’s disruptive overhaul

Need to Know:

  • Twitter to make blue badge available to anyone who can afford a monthly charge of about KES 1000.
  • As of 27 October, Tech Billionaire Elon Musk took over as the owner and CEO of Twitter, a $44 billion acquisition that took six months to conclude.

A raft of changes on the blue App aiming to diversify revenue sources for the company have been announced, and some of the users are not happy. On 1 November Elon Musk noted using his verified handle, the impending changes in a thread as below;

Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month. Price adjusted by country proportionate to purchasing power parity

You will also get:

-Priority in replies, mentions & search, which is essential to defeat spam/scam

-Ability to post long video & audio

-Half as many Ads and paywall bypass for publishers willing to work with us; this will also give Twitter a revenue stream to reward content creators.


This was a confirmation of a report published on 31 October by American technology news website The Verge but with a significant cut on the cost of the impending monthly subscription; from $20 to $8 per month.

After officially taking over the company, Mr Musk has wasted no time in disrupting the norm. Some users are livid about this proclamation, suggesting that the app will lose its glory while others are excited as they see a chance to finally get the elusive treasured blue badge.

@JannisZFN: You can’t force people that already have it to pay now. The checkmark used to be something special and u always looked forward to it and now every single one can get it and we have to pay now to keep it doesn’t make sense.

@MarcTheBull: You’re absolutely right, @elonmusk. The current system is unfair and needs to be changed. I’m glad you’re speaking out about it.

@CookedByLakers: I am truly disgusted that our democracy just sat around and watched while Elon took Twitter a turned it into an authoritarian disaster. The fact that he fired those three great men as soon as he took over shows just how much of a BIGOT he is. I will be leaving Twitter tonight.

@PPathole: Elon, do you plan on implementing colour-coded checkmarks for different individuals such as journalists, government officials, public figures, news organizations, content creators, etc.?

Kenyan verified tweeps were not left out in calling out Musk for deciding to charge them. Most simply shook their heads in text format (SMH), in agreement with Kenya’s most outspoken tweep, Dr Miguna Miguna, who accurately expressed their grievance with Elon’s rash decision. Directly addressing the new owner and CEO, the bold Kenyan who recently returned from forced exile in Canada, noted that ‘he is not boarding’ with the social network’s new financial strategy.

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!! @MigunaMiguna

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