Elon musk announced that Twitter users, who want their profiles to have a blue tick to show the account is verified, will, from now on, need to pay a monthly charge. Elon Musk Twitter takeover, the $44 billion deal, is in talks since a while now, and Twitter verification is the latest news that is buzzing all around. In case you need to know how much is a blue check on Twitter? , it is $8 per month. Critics are considering this move actually to make it more difficult to identify authentic sources. Can a Normal Person Get Verified on Twitter? High-profile figures generally use a blue tick on Twitter indicating that the profile originally belongs to the person to ensure that no scam or fraud happens. Anyone using Twitter can apply to get Twitter verified, but some criteria must be matched to the social media platform’s rules and regulations. If the Twitter account user matches the criteria, he can only get a blue tick on Twitter. There are six categories, and if you fall into any of them, you can get your Twitter account verified. The categories are:- \tCompanies, organizations, and brands \tGovernment bodies/officials and political figures \tJournalists and news organizations \tEntertainment (including creators of digital content) \tSports \tInfluential individuals, activists, and organizers Musk on Twitter Verification Musk wants those figures to pay $8 monthly to get Twitter verified, and he stated that it is necessary to combat spam or scam. The billionaire announced it on the micro-blogging site itself. He wrote, “Power to the people! Blue for $8/month,” and called it the "lords and peasants system.” A user who gets his Twitter account verified by paying $8 a month will enjoy priority in searches, replies, and some advertisements. Criticism Sparked Again Since Elon Musk first initiated Twitter buying, several issues and criticisms have arisen. Hundreds of Twitter users couldn’t accept Elon Musk Twitter takeover, and several celebrities even decided to leave the platform. Though the Tesla CEO recognized the move as essential for fighting against scams and spam, critics think otherwise. Former Head of Global Policy Communications of Twitter, Nu Wexler, criticized the decision to charge fees for offering blue tick on Twitter. He warned that it would make identifying disinformation harder. Many people use the blue tick to filter disinformation or information of low quality, and putting the facility on rent will make it challenging to spot high-quality info, added Wexler. He should have considered the idea of making such a move when disinformation is a severe problem to be a wise one. Why is a Verified Twitter Account Needed? Identities of celebrities, famous brands, and politicians are often targeted on social media for impersonation. That’s why they apply online for Twitter verification and get approval if the necessity is considered genuine by Twitter authorities. The system was introduced in 2009 after a lawsuit against the site accused it of being less careful about imposter accounts. As of 2021, there are almost 400,000 verified Twitter accounts. Elon Musk Twitter Plans Elon Musk, since his takeover, is facing challenges to boost the Twitter business which is seeing a meager profit in recent years. Besides bringing more clarity to its operations and stronger regulations to prevent spreading of hatred, Musk said he wants to decrease the platform’s dependence on advertising. But some companies, on the other hand, expressed their concerns about ads on the platform since Elon Musk Twitter takeover. A few brands have already put a halt, temporarily though, on advertising via Twitter and said that they want to wait and watch how things go after Musk took control of the site. There are many speculations about the new move regarding Twitter verification, leaving users and companies needing clarification about what is happening with the popular social media platform. Further Reading \t Twitter Activists Forced the World's Second-Richest Man to Sell his Private Jet \t Twitter Deal Becomes Costlier for Musk as Interest Outgo Increases \t Why Elon Musk Wants to Own Twitter Again?