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(Pocket-lint) - Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Twitter Blue is changing - it's getting more expensive, but it's getting some proper features, too.

In a series of posts to Twitter, Musk says that the controversial Twitter Blue subscription will increase in price from $4.99 per month to $8 per month. But for that extra money, he says that there will be a number of new features added to the subscription, some of which are actually pretty interesting.

Musk says that people who subscribe to Twitter Blue will get:

  • A blue checkmark to show that you are verified on Twitter.
  • Priority in replies, mentions, and search which Musk says is "essential to defeat spam/scams".
  • The ability to post longer videos and audio clips than those who don't have Twitter Blue.
  • Half as many ads as everyone else sees on the platform.
  • A paywall bypass for publishers that will work with Twitter, although it appears Musk hasn't had any sign up so far.
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Musk isn't saying when this will all go live, but he did confirm that the price will be adjusted "by country proportionate to purchasing power parity" which would suggest that a straight USD conversion is unlikely.

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Twitter has been in a state of flux since Musk picked it up for a cool $44 billion last week. He's already sent engineers to try and revive the looping video service Vine, and he had reportedly planned to charge up to $20 per month to be Twitter Verified. This latest series of tweets shows that that was either wrong, or the Twitter owner has had a change of heart.

Writing by Oliver Haslam.
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