Elon Musk hints at more changes coming to Twitter, as Facebook announces new fee-based subscription

Twitter CEO Elon Musk responded to a poll shared on the platform asking if he should make changes to direct messages and group chats, suggesting that there could be new features on the way.

A social media user under the name Troony Toons asked: “Should Elon Musk add the ability to hold down and reply to a specific message in dm’s and group chats? And @ mention someone in groups?”

Musk replied with a simple, “Yes.”

The suggestion is certainly popular with Twitter users, according to the results as of this writing. Just over 24,000 votes showed 83.7% of respondents backing the change and 16.3% saying that Twitter should remain “old.”

Slowly by surely, change is coming to the popular social media platform under Musk’s direction, as detailed by Fox News.

“Last week, the platform announced that only paid Twitter Blue subscribers would be allowed to use text messages as a two-factor authentication method to secure their accounts beginning March 20. Other accounts will still be able to use an authentication app or security key,” Fox News reported. “Other changes to the platform since Musk took over include a verification badge and the ability to edit tweets for Twitter Blue subscribers. Twitter is also increasing the character limit from 280 characters to 4,000.”

Taking a page out of Elon Musk’s playbook, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new paid subscription service for Facebook and Instagram on Sunday that will allow users the coveted blue check.

For a tidy monthly fee of $11.99 on web and $14.99 on iOS, Meta Verified can be yours — the endeavor is launching in Australia and New Zealand this week ahead of a wider rollout, according to the New York Post.

Zuckerberg said the paid subscription “lets you verify your account with a government ID, get a blue badge, get extra impersonation protection against accounts claiming to be you, and get direct access to customer support.”

The “direct access” being a “significant” cost, Zuckerberg stressed in justifying the fee.


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