Bad news for iPhone users from Twitter Inc!

    Elon Musk led Twitter has updated its iOS app for Apple iPhone users and it is not good news at all.
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    | Updated on: Nov 06 2022, 16:25 IST
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    1/7 Twitter top officials fired: As soon as Musk took over Twitter, he fired the top executives including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, legal affairs and policy chief Vijaya Gadde. That was the first decision taken by Musk at Twitter. On Friday, Twitter also laid off 50 percent of its employees and Musk defended the step by saying that this is being done in an effort to place Twitter on a profitable path. (AFP)
    2/7 Charges for Blue Tick: Twitter users who want a verified account will now have to pay charges for the same as Twitter will now charge $8 for Blue Tick. Musk supported the decision by posting a number of tweets regarding the same. He believes the subscription fee will give Twitter 'a revenue stream to reward content creators' while the company will not have to depend on advertisers. (REUTERS)
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    3/7 Twitter Content Moderation Council: Twitter will set up a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints. The council will be accountable for all main content-related decisions. (AFP)
    4/7 Advertisers: General Motors, General Mills, Audi of America, Oreo maker Mondelez International, Pfizer Inc and Ford are some of the corporate companies who have distanced themselves from Twitter. Several advertisers have suspended ad spending on Twitter altogether. (REUTERS)
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    5/7 Changes to Twitter's homepage: Musk requested that users who have logged out of Twitter and visit the homepage of Twitter's site to be redirected to the Explore page which shows trending tweets and news stories, according to a report by Verge. (REUTERS)
    6/7 Vine: Musk put up a poll on Twitter asking people if he should bring back Vine. (AP)
    7/7 Removal of Days of Rest: Days of Rest has been removed from the calendars of the Twitter employees. It can be known that the Days of Rest refers to the monthly days off to let employees rest and recharge. (AP)
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    Twitter has updated its iOS app for Apple iPhone users and it includes the new USD 7.99 per month Blue subscription. (AP)

    Elon Musk led Twitter has updated its iOS app for iPhone users and it is not good news at all. Musk's newly acquired micro-blogging platform Twitter  has included the new $7.99 per month Blue subscription. Now, iPhone users will have to pay up front for the Twitter Blue Tick.

    In the Apple App store, Twitter posted this, "Get Twitter Blue for USD 7.99/month if you sign up now Blue checkmark: Power to the people: Your account will get a blue checkmark, just like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you already follow."

    Soon after the news went viral, Esther Crawford, a product manager at micro-blogging site said that the new Blue tick "isn't live yet".

    "The new Blue isn't live yet -- the sprint to our launch continues but some folks may see us making updates because we are testing and pushing changes in real time. The Twitter team is legendary. New Blue... coming soon!" she tweeted.

    Twitter also said that some of the features are still not available in the app but will soon be added.

    "Coming soon... Half the ads & much better ones: Since you're supporting Twitter in the battle against the bots, we're going to reward you with half the ads and make them twice as relevant."

    "Post longer videos: You'll finally be able to post longer videos to Twitter. *Priority ranking for quality content: Your content will get priority ranking in replies, mentions and search. This helps lower the visibility of scams, spam, and bots…." Twitter added.

    Twitter Blue with verification is currently available on iOS in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. It will likely be available in countries like India by November-end.

    On Tuesday, Musk confirmed the reports and announced that the company will charge $8 a month for Twitter's subscription service with priority in replies, mentions, and searches.

    "Twitter's current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn't have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for USD 8/month," he had tweeted.

    However, Musk's decision of implementing the blue tick fee did not go well with many. Even some advertiser pulled back their leg from the site. The Twitter Blue subscription launched widely almost a year ago as a way to view ad-free articles from some publishers and make other tweaks to the app, such as a different colour home screen icon.

    Apart from the "blue tick fee", Musk has also been receiving a lot of hate on Twitter for laying off employees.

    Defending his decision to fire employees, Musk said that it was needed as Twitter was losing more than USD 4 million per day.

    "Regarding Twitter's reduction in force, unfortunately, there is no choice when the company is losing over USD 4M/day. Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50% more than legally required," Musk tweeted.

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    First Published Date: 06 Nov, 16:24 IST
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