“It will hurt me a little” to pay the eight dollars demanded by the new boss of Twitter Elon Musk for users wishing to have their account certified as authentic, French Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire said on the France channel on Wednesday. 5. “We will see what the rules will be, if I have to contribute eight euros each month to Mr. Musk, that will hurt me a little” replied the minister, questioned on the subject during the program Càvous.
Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, announced in a tweet on Tuesday the upcoming launch of an $8 per month subscription for users wishing to have their account certified as authentic and be less exposed to advertising.
Diversification of income sources
Currently, only certain profiles can request this token of authenticity, including governments, companies, media, political, cultural or sports personalities, etc. This is the case of the Minister of the Economy with 665,000 Twitter subscribers who has the famous blue certification to the right of his name on the American social network.
Twitter’s new offering should help the platform fight fake accounts and diversify its revenue streams. Its business model is 90% dependent on advertising. But the very idea of having to pay to have your account certified has drawn a lot of criticism.
Will the mayor pay? “I didn’t look in detail,” he replies.
Asked whether he would agree to pay, Bruno Le Maire added: “I haven’t looked in detail yet”. “The quickest question that will be asked is will Twitter, under the control of Elon Musk, respect the rules that we have set in terms of controlling everyone’s expression, respecting the everyone’s word, respect for freedom of expression”, continued the French minister.
“It is not because Mr. Musk has taken control of Twitter that we will be able to see threats, insults, attacks on the dignity of people on this social network arising everywhere on Twitter,” said Mr. Le Maire.