Twitter may soon require legacy verified users to pay up or lose their credentials, Breitbart reported. Subscription fees became part of the verification process after Tesla mogul Elon Musk took the platform over last year.
Previously, Twitter assigned the blue check mark to accounts based on their influence or importance. They were often granted to journalists, actors, celebrities, and other noteworthy people.
The option to pay for verification came in October after Musk rolled out Twitter Blue. The program was briefly withdrawn as the platform was flooded with users obtaining verification for imposter accounts but it was relaunched in December.
Before the change was announced, legacy verification was still free to users and didn't require a subscription. As of April 1, all blue-check verified accounts would have to pay a subscription fee to retain it.
The one exemption to this requirement would be for those "affiliated with a verified organization." This could mean that they have a different designation for their verification or the fees could be waived, though details have not been released.
Musk's influence on the way Twitter does business has opened the platform to conservatives and those with other viewpoints. Previously, the blue check mark was granted through the good graces of a left-leaning tech worker in Silicon Valley.
When the idea of a subscription service was announced, many celebrities were upset about the change. They whined about the monthly fee that many speculated would be $20, though their motives were likely something else.
"$20 a month to keep my blue check? F-- that, they should pay me," Stephen King wrote, according to Business Insider.
"If that gets instituted, I'm gone like Enron," he added. Unfortunately, King has not left the platform and continues to spew leftist drivel into the world.
Lynda Carter, who hasn't been relevant since she played Wonder Woman in the 1970s, posted side-by-side photos, one of her as her iconic character and the other as her alter ego. "Twitter with verification vs. Twitter when I refuse to pay $20 a month for it," she captioned it.
Eric Idel of Monty Python fame was outraged at Musk, both for his proposal for a paid service and his promise to reinstate former President Donald Trump. "I'm sure Elon will want to start making his money back," Idle wrote.
"But if he charges me to entertain you, and he let's the orange monster back, I think I may decline," he said of Trump. "I say go back to PythOnline where I first did this in the nineties."
Since then, Musk has reinstated previously canceled accounts, and now it appears he is expanding the subscription service requirement. The people who hate it most are those who previously enjoyed the check mark as validation that they were something special.
Musk has turned Twitter into a free speech platform. He's attempting to reduce the number of bots and trolls by bolstering accounts that have legitimately identified people behind them -- and Twitter is better for it.