As Elon Musk has taken over Twitter, some big and unique news has come out of Twitter every day and the trend doesn’t seem to stop yet.
Followed by a mass-firing of almost half of Twitter’s workforce and an increased Twitter Blue subscription fee to $8 Dollars, a new disclose has come forward as Twitter will now charge users if they want to send messages to celebrities and famous figures.
According to the New York Times, the company is also working on a paid direct messaging feature focused on “Very Important Tweeters.” sources “with knowledge of the matter,” said the platform could soon charge users to send direct messages to high-profile figures, including celebrities and professional athletes.
This step is motivated by the ‘massive drop in revenue’ and Elon Musk wants to make up for his massive Twitter investment as soon as possible. Internal documents reviewed by the Times state Twitter points to an early prototype in which a user is shown asking Post Maline about his favorite records.
The message would appear in a special box designated for paid DMs. The company did not provide the exact cost of each VIT message, but said it could be “as little as a few dollars.”There’s no guarantee that paid DMs will ever get a proper rollout, and it remains unclear if the idea was conceived prior to Musk’s acquisition.
The report came a day before Musk highlighted Twitter’s financial woes. The billionaire tech mogul said the company had seen a “massive drop in revenue” as many advertisers have left the platform or paused spending. Companies like Pfizer, General Motors, and Audi have pulled their ads from Twitter, amid concerns over content moderation.