Hollywood actress Kathy Griffin is throwing in the towel after Tesla CEO Elon Musk completed his takeover of Twitter. Griffin is not happy Musk will start charging people for their coveted blue check mark.
She said of a reported plan by Musk to charge $20 a month to get verified on the platform: “I don’t think it’s that blue check people are too cheap to pay 20 bucks a month, I just don’t wanna give any money to Elon musk and the Saudi family.
“I’ll stay until the midterms. In the meantime, I’m signing up for all other sites until we can settle on one. Look, I like you guys and all, but not $20.00 a month like. Inflation! I am enjoying tick-tock. I will look into blue sky and I think there’s two other ones people are talking about.
When asked why not just refuse to pay Elon Musk, Kathy said:
“Well, but then my acct and all blue checks will be cloned etc. Nonstop swarming. Having to disavow tweets attributed to me. No thanks. Plus musk is .”
Agree. I don’t think it’s that blue check people are too cheap to pay 20 bucks a month, I just don’t wanna give any money to Elon musk and the Saudi family. I’ll stay until the midterms. In the meantime, I’m signing up for all other sites until we can settle on one. https://t.co/d55mJTZddS— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 31, 2022
Griffin was responding to a report from Verge claiming Musk has given his software engineers a deadline of one week to revamp how the platform verifies users with blue check marks.
The report also claimed Musk with charge $20 to get verified.
According to The Verge:
“The directive is to change Twitter Blue, the company’s optional, $4.99 a month subscription that unlocks additional features, into a more expensive subscription that also verifies users, according to people familiar with the matter and internal correspondence seen by The Verge.
“Twitter is currently planning to charge $19.99 for the new Twitter Blue subscription. Under the current plan, verified users would have 90 days to subscribe or lose their blue checkmark.
“Employees working on the project were told on Sunday that they need to meet a deadline of November 7th to launch the feature or they will be fired.
“Musk has been clear in the months leading up to his acquisition that he wanted to revamp how Twitter verifies accounts and handles bots.
“On Sunday, he tweeted: “The whole verification process is being revamped right now.”
Other celebrities have made similar promises.
Producer Ken Olin said:
“I’m out of here. The day Elon Musk takes ownership of Twitter, I’m out. No judgement. Let’s keep the faith. Let’s protect our democracy.
“Let’s try to be kinder. Let’s try to save the planet. Let’s try to be more generous. Let’s look to find peace in the world” before telling them to follow him on some other platform.
Billions showrunner Brian Koppelman said:
“Y’all’s, for real, come find me over on Instagram and the tok.
“Gonna really try to take a breather from here for a minute or a month come deal close time.”
He said earlier, “I can see the logic in taking a long Twitter hiatus when EM takes it over.”
Mia Farrow said:
“Well if Twitter becomes even more toxic – with Trumpy-treasonous lies & all the hatred – it will be taken less seriously, and people like me will quit for peace of mind.”
Well, but then my acct and all blue checks will be cloned etc. Nonstop swarming. Having to disavow tweets attributed to me. No thanks. Plus musk is 🤮. https://t.co/cvyC8tBc3u— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 31, 2022