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Feedback appreciated, now pay $8: Elon Musk to US politician over Twitter blue tick fee

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Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk has ruffled quite a few feathers after taking over the reigns of the micro-blogging platform Twitter.His decision to charge $8 dollars for a month for keeping the blue tick, a symbol that sets aside verified users, has prompted reactions, mostly negative, from many users of the platform.

On Wednesday, US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a potshot at Elon Musk over the blue tick fee. In her tweet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote, "Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that "free speech" is actually an $8/mo subscription plan."

Replying to the Congresswoman, Elon Musk reiterated his stance on the blue tick fee and quipped, "Your feedback is appreciated, now pay $8".

Just a day after sharing her views on the contentious matter, Ocasio-Cortez shared another post claiming that her Twitter mentions/notifications stopped working following her exchange with Elon Musk. "Also my Twitter mentions/notifications conveniently aren't working tonight, so I was informed via text that I seem to have gotten under a certain billionaire's skin," the politician wrote.

Elon Musk upped the ante against the US politician and, in a tweet, highlighted the price of a sweatshirt listed on Ocasio-Cortez's website. Sharing a picture of the product, he drew a circle over its price tag of $58. Ocasio-Cortez sprung to her defence stating that her workers make a living wage, have full healthcare, and aren't subject to racist treatment in their workplaces. "Team AOC honors and respects working people," said Cortez. 

While many have expressed their disapproval over charging $8 for the verified badge, Musk has maintained that the fee is reasonable. 

Later in the day, Ocasio-Cortez said "One guy's business plan for a $44 billion over-leveraged purchase is apparently to run around and individually ask people for $8."

After Elon Musk became the new owner of the microblogging platform, reports suggested that verified Twitter users will soon have to pay a fee to retain their blue tick, which authenticates the identity of the account holder.

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