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Twitter offers Blue Tick service in India at Rs 719 a month

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Twitter has started rolling out its ‘Blue’ tick service, which includes a verification tag at a cost of Rs 719 a month. The service has been priced at $8 in the USA.

Some users in India have tweeted that they received a prompt asking them to subscribe to Twitter Blue. The update which is currently available only on iPhones is expected to be extended to others as well.

Users who pay the charge will get a blue tick without being subjected to any verification. The subscribers will also get priority in reach and display on Twitter.

However, Twitter has sacked most of its staff in India which numbered around 200.

Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk on Thursday raised the possibility of the micro blogging site going bankrupt.

Musk told Twitter employees on a call that he could not rule out bankruptcy, Bloomberg News reported, two weeks after buying it for $44 billion – a deal that experts say has left Twitter’s finances in a critical state.

Meanwhile several senior executives working for Twitter have quit the company.   Yoel Roth and Robin Wheeler  who moderated a Twitter Spaces chat with Musk on Wednesday as he tried to allay advertisers’ fears, have resigned, according to a Reuters report. Twitter’s Chief Security Officer Lea Kissner tweeted that she had quit.

Chief Privacy Officer Damien Kieran and Chief Compliance Officer Marianne Fogarty also resigned, according to an internal message posted to Twitter’s Slack messaging system on Thursday by an attorney on its privacy team, the Reuters report said. .

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it was watching Twitter with deep concern after the three privacy and compliance officers quit. These resignations potentially put Twitter at risk of violating regulatory orders.