LeBron James and Patrick Mahomes II have decided not to pay for a verified Twitter account – a huge slap in the face for Twitter owner Elon Musk. To have a verified Twitter Blue account, Musk is asking $8 per month for its users.
The monthly subscription will supposedly crack down on fake accounts on the social media site, but that would be easier said than done. Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion dollars a few months ago but now it is valued at around $20 billion.
Musk’s Twitter takeover resulted in massive layoffs and protests by employees of the company.
Aside from James and Mahomes, some athletes also stated that they will opt not to pay for a monthly subscription to Twitter. Tyreek Hill, Michael Thomas, and Darius Slay are among the personalities who have shunned the $8 monthly payments.
It’s not about the money for these athletes as they can easily afford the small fee Musk is asking for their accounts to stay verified. They are likely sending a message and pressuring Elon Musk about his new policy on the free app.
Mahomes signed a $450 million contract in 2020 and LeBron is making $44 million this year for the Lakers.
Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire Mark Cuban paid for Twitter Blue but was dumbfounded after he lost 1000 users per day which prompted him to ask Musk on the site.
Whether you pay for it or not, Twitter is a huge part of our daily lives as it remains to be the fastest go-to site for news, sports highlights, business, and technology.
With big stars like LeBron and Mahomes opting not to pay for a monthly subscription to stay verified, Musk will be forced to adopt a new policy to get everyone involved with his plans. As for the rest of us, we just need to sit tight and see where this all goes.