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Twitter considering $11 for Blue service with verification for iPhone users

New Delhi, December 8

Elon Musk is going to raise the price of Twitter Blue subscription service with verification from $8 to $11 for iPhone users, keeping the 30 percent cut that Apple takes on revenues from iOS apps on its App Store.

According to a report in The Information, the micro-blogging platform has informed some employees that it plans to change the pricing of its Twitter Blue subscription service.

The company executives are considering charging $7 for Blue service for Twitter on the web and $11 via iOS app on iPhones, the report said, quoting sources.

Musk last month launched Blue subscription plan with verification but later postponed it after it met with huge controversy as several fake accounts came up on the platform, impersonating brands and celebrities.

He said that the micro-blogging platform will relaunch its $8 Blue subscription service with verification from November 29, this time more “rock solid,” but deferred that too to avoid Apple’s 30 percent cut of App Store purchases.

Musk criticised the App Store cut, calling it a “hidden 30 percent tax on the Internet”.

He posted, “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?” and added, “Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” he added.

Earlier this month, Musk said the tech giant Apple had “fully resumed” advertising on the micro-blogging platform.

After his meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Musk said they had “resolved” misunderstandings over the micro-blogging platform possibly being removed from the App Store.

“Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” the Twitter CEO said.

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