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Twitter launches its Blue subscription service in Japan

 

Twitter noted on its support page that users in Japan will be able to buy the subscription for ¥980 ($7.40) per month on the web and ¥1,380 ($10.42) per month on iOS. These prices are marginally lower than the US prices of $8 per month on the web and $11 per month on iOS. At the moment, Twitter Blue offers features like the blue verification badge, longer video uploads, priority ranking in conversation replies, a thread reader, and an edit tweet feature along with custom icons and themes. While some of these features were already present in the legacy version of the paid subscription, the verification mark, higher limit on video uploads, and a boost in rankings are newly introduced features. After taking over Twitter, Musk has had lofty plans of reducing reliance on ad revenue by adding more subscribers. He launched a new version of Twitter Blue initially in November but had to quickly shut it down because of people impersonating celebrities and brands. Since then the company has tried to put guardrails around the new verification system by mandating users to have a phone number to buy the Blue subscription and putting a 90-day cool-off period for newly created accounts. However, Twitter’s manual verification system of reviewing names and bio are not working as intended. Last week, a Washington Post reporter successfully created a fake account of Senator Edward J. Markey. Twitter launches its Blue subscription service in Japan by Ivan Mehta originally published on TechCrunch

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