Elon Musk fired back Wednesday at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezDN.Y., after ridiculing his plan to charge Twitter users $8 a month to receive a blue verified check mark.
“Lmao at a billionaire seriously trying to sell people the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/month subscription plan,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday, after Musk announced the redesign.
Musk responded to his tweet, saying, “Your feedback is appreciated, pay $8 now.”
Earlier today, Musk said Twitter’s “lords and peasants system for who does or doesn’t have a blue tick” was “bulls–t.”
Ending his tweet with “Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.”
Later Wednesday, he drew attention to a nearly $60 sweatshirt on Ocasio-Cortez’s website.
Musk, who took over Twitter last week after striking a $44 billion deal, has been beset by users of all stripes over his plan to charge $8 a month to verify. Despite the criticism, he says the plan will stick.
“All complainers, keep complaining, but it will cost $8,” he said Tuesday. Musk noted that basic Twitter will remain free, but accounts that pay to receive the blue check would get other benefits.
In a follow-up tweet, he poked fun at critics who thought $8 a month was too steep a hill to climb. The tweet seemed to target people who were willing to splurge on a Overpriced Frappuccino but couldn’t stand paying $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 closed the deal, after his withdrawal attempts led to a lengthy legal battle with the company. company.
Musk’s attorneys are now asking the Delaware Chancery court to dismiss the case, according to a filing made public Monday. The two sides were supposed to go to trial this month if they failed to complete the deal by the end of last week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.