Musk buys Twitter. Decides to roll out a new paid-for subscription to users where, for $8 a month, they get some features including a blue ‘verified’ tick next to their username, previously used to show authenticated real celebs/politicians/businesses.
People pay $8 and change their username to be very similar to real celebs/politicians/businesses.
Said people also change their entire profile to look like those celebs/politicians/businesses too.
Other users then see a ‘verified’ account with that celeb/politician/business’s look and feel, so assume that it’s the real deal.
Those $8-paying japesters then reel off loads of tweets which damage the celeb/politician/business they’re mimicking
I’ve seen some comments this morning that people are able to request chargebacks if they don’t get their month of benefits for their $8 investment, and that each chargeback would cost around $12 to process. That’s total rumour but I’d love to believe it.
Yeah I think this is going to be very specific to your bank or credit card.
The fact is that you obviously do technically forfeit your fee if you break the T&Cs I would think. I mean I saw stuff about how this sort of contract can be broken but I don’t really get that. If I go to the cinema and then just start being a fucking arsehole and they chuck me out, I don’t imagine I could reasonably claim back the cost of my ticket.
However, I would imagine if there are people who’ve bought it legitimately then they might start to question if Twitter are actually giving them the service they asked for.
I stopped using Twitter when Musk took over, not out of any principle thing, just that I’d not liked it for a long time and felt like after sacking the moderation staff it would be even less fun to spend time on.
Now I kind of want to go back and see it all unfold. The only way is down.