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Elon Musk Admits He is Paying for Stephen King’s Blue Checkmark

Elon Musk Admits He is Paying for Stephen King’s Blue Checkmark


Twitter CEO Elon Musk has revealed that he’s paying for a number of celebrities on Twitter to maintain their blue checkmarks. The chosen ones embody LeBron James and William Shatner, who beforehand fumed about having to pay $8 a month and mentioned they wouldn’t cough up the money.

On Thursday—or 4/20, as Musk would gleefully remind us—legacy blue checkmarks for notable figures, together with celebrities, journalists and politicians, largely disappeared from the accounts of those that had refused to pay $8 for Twitter’s Blue subscription product, which is now required to have a blue checkmark. Nevertheless, there have been some blue checkmarks that remained, though their holders swear they didn’t pay for them. 

One superstar who maintained his blue checkmark was writer Stephen King, which was unusual proper off the bat. King had beforehand criticized Musk’s plan to make folks pay for them, stating final October that: “If that will get instituted, I’m gone like Enron.” On Thursday, King was fast to level out that he had not paid for Twitter Blue, though Twitter mentioned he had.

The next message pops up once you click on on King’s blue checkmark: “This account is verified as a result of they’re subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their telephone quantity.” 

A screenshot of the message that pops up when you click on Stephen King's blue checkmark on Twitter.

“My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I haven’t. My Twitter account says I’ve given a telephone quantity. I haven’t,” King tweeted. 

The thriller of who had saved King’s checkmark in place was solved shortly afterwards when Musk responded to King.

“You’re welcome namaste 🙏,” the Twitter CEO mentioned.

At across the identical time, Musk responded to a different account known as “T(w)itter Information Each day,” or @TitterDaily, a reference to the billionaire’s choice to color over the “W” on Twitter’s signal at its San Francisco headquarters. When T(w)itter Information Each day posted that some celebrities had been getting complimentary Twitter Blue subscriptions, Musk chimed in and mentioned that he was “paying for a number of personally.”

It didn’t take lengthy for Twitter sleuths, and reporters protecting the blue examine drama, to determine who the opposite Twitter Blue subscriptions Musk was paying for. The famed Star Trek actor Shatner despatched Musk a cryptic tweet saying, “Thanks, I settle for. 👍🏻,” and maintained his blue checkmark. 

Shatner had been one in every of loudest critics of Musk’s choice to take away blue checkmarks for all however paying prospects and mentioned in March he would go “blueless.” Twitter’s earlier administration gave out blue checkmarks free of charge to notable figures whose id it had verified. Underneath Musk, although, anybody who desires a blue checkmark can get one by paying for it.

Basketball participant LeBron James additionally made headlines for saying he wouldn’t pay to maintain his blue checkmark on March 31. In contrast to King and Shatner, James didn’t tweet concerning the truth he nonetheless had a blue checkmark. Nevertheless, James’ longtime media advisor instructed The Verge that the basketball participant hadn’t paid for his blue checkmark. 

The outlet reported that Twitter had despatched James an e mail which acknowledged the corporate would “prolong a complimentary subscription to Twitter Blue to your account, @kingjames, on behalf of Elon Musk.” Musk confirmed the information himself later within the day and explicitly acknowledged he was solely paying for the subscriptions of Shatner, LeBron, and King.

Whereas sustaining the blue checkmarks of some Twitter Blue’s greatest haters, thereby casting doubt on whether or not they had been actually paying, may need been transfer, Musk flat out saying that he’s paying for his or her checkmarks is simply lame. It’s like forcing the cool children in highschool to take a seat at your desk though it’s clear they don’t need to be there. Moreover, though they’re at your desk, it doesn’t imply you’re abruptly cool, too.



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