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Newsline: Elon Musk’s Twitter verification fee becomes matter of international diplomacy

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told ATV he could “carry out some diplomacy” with Elon Musk. The president of Turkey said that he might speak to Musk to negotiate a way to opt out of paying for a proposed $8-a-month Twitter verification fee. Reuters reported the news, citing an interview with Turkish broadcaster ATV. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/turkeys-president-says-wants-discuss-105621447.html) Recep Tayyip Erdogan told ATV he was considering talking to Musk about the monthly $8 subscription, which would give users a blue checkmark, the ability to post long-form video, priority in search, and fewer ads. The charge for Twitter verification “might be different for us,” Erdogan told ATV, Reuters reported. “We could carry out some diplomacy with him as well.” Erdogan, who appears to post regularly on Twitter, is verified on the social-media platform. This means Twitter has confirmed Erdogan’s account belongs to him.

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