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WSJ: Twitter no longer allows Blue subscribers access to ad-free articles

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WSJ: Twitter no longer allows Blue subscribers access to ad-free articles
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The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Twitter, which was acquired last week by billionaire Elon Musk, will no longer allow subscribers to its Blue service to access ad-free articles.

Twitter Blue debuted in June of last year as the platform’s first subscription service, providing exclusive access to premium features such as the ability to edit tweets.

The service allowed subscribers to read articles from several publishers without being interrupted by advertisements. Last month, the social media platform made an edit button available to paid subscribers in the United States.

According to media reports, Twitter is planning more changes to its Blue subscription plan, which costs $4.99 per month, including making user verification a part of the paid service.

Musk responded on Tuesday to author Stephen King’s question about whether he would pay $8 to be a verified user, adding that charging a fee was the only way to “defeat the bots & trolls.”