Tennis stars ridicule Elon Musk for Twitter verification scandal

Elon Musk angered Twitter users worldwide on Tuesday by confirming plans to charge for verification ticks.

The controversial entrepreneur, who purchased the company on Friday for a staggering £37.9 billion, intends to completely revamp the platform.

Now, users will have to pay for their blue tick – used to confirm authenticity. This has caused an enormous backlash.

But it appears Musk is set to force the idea through regardless.

The 51-year-old claims he’s giving ‘power to the people’ by replacing the current request system with a monthly charge of £6.96.

He tweeted: “Twitter’s current lords and peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is b******t. 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 and search – which is essential to defeat spam/scam – the ability to post long video and 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. There will be a secondary tag below the name for someone who is a public figure, which is already the case for politicians.”

But despite his promises, the scheme has gone down terribly with two of the biggest names in Tennis.

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Tennis superstars hit back at new Twitter boss Elon Musk

Tennis players Martina Navratilova and Alexandr Dolgopolov were two of many sporting icons to slam the plans, admitting they’re willing to lose their blue tick under the upcoming regime.

Navratilova gave a frosty response to Musk, saying: “I didn’t ask for the blue check mark – it just showed up one day, so feel free to take it away. My peeps know it’s me.”

While Dolgopolov tweeted: “So blue checkmark is power these days… No thanks. Ain’t paying eight or 1$ for that.”

Musk dismissed public opinion with a defiant response.

He wrote: “All complainers, please continue complaining, but it will cost $8.”

Stay tuned for more updates on this.

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