Elon Musk fired back at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after she ridiculed his plan to charge $8 a month for Twitter users to get a verified blue check.
“Lmao at a billionaire seriously trying to sell people on the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/mo subscription plan,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday, after Musk announced the overhaul.
Musk responded to her tweet, telling her, “Your feedback is appreciated, now pay $8.”[ads1];
Later Wednesday, he drew attention to a nearly $60 sweatshirt from Ocasio-Cortez’s website.
Musk, who took over Twitter last week after closing a $44 billion deal, has been attacked by users on all sides over his plan to charge $8 a month to be verified. Despite the criticism, he says the plan will stand.
“To all complainants, please continue to complain, but it will cost $8,” he said Tuesday. Musk has noted that basic Twitter will remain free to use, but accounts that pay to receive the blue check will receive other benefits.
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In a follow-up tweet, he mocked critics who thought $8 a month was too steep a hill to climb. The tweet appeared to be aimed at people willing to use an overpriced Frappuccino but unable to pay $8 a month to be verified.
Musk agreed to buy Twitter for $44 billion in April, but it wasn’t until last Thursday night that he finally pulled the plug, after his attempts to pull out of it led to a protracted legal battle with the company.
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Musk’s lawyers are now asking the Delaware Chancery Court to throw out the case, according to a court filing made public Monday. The two sides were due to go to trial this month if they did not finalize the deal by the end of last week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.