Billy Markus, the co-founder of Dogecoin (DOGE), reacted to Elon Musk’s plan to charge $8 per month for Twitter account verification.
Markus said in a tweet that this move was not a good idea, based on the number of comments he received on the subject. The Dogecoin co-founder said that said plan does not offer any solution to the problem it is trying to solve.
“I’ll be frank, based on what I’ve heard about this app, I don’t think $8 for the verification feature is a good idea. I don’t think it solves any problem it’s trying to solve.
I’m not saying that a symbol indicating you’re a paid subscriber is a bad idea, I’m saying it’s unwise to confuse verification with a paid subscriber.
If applicable, the verification must be a different mark than the check mark and its display must be optional.”
According to cryptocurrency developer Markus, the idea of implementing significant changes in a short time could be fatal for Twitter. As an example, he cited the American news sharing site Digg, which has a specially selected front page.
While Markus acknowledges that there should be a section on Twitter that charges users for using selected services, he doesn’t think the “validation mark feature” is in the first place to get started.
“I think freedom of expression is a noble goal, but in practice, security is a bigger concern for the platform,” Markus said. Markus’ comment comes days after Twitter’s new owner, Musk, announced that the platform plans to charge $8 per month for its verification service, popularly referred to as Twitter Blue. The richest person in the world stated that anyone can pay to have their account verified with a blue checkmark. He added that this fee will be used to run the social media platform.