Trevor Noah slams Elon Musk’s plan to charge for Twitter verification after reports reveal excessive use of the N-word and racist rhetoric on the platform

Trevor Noah is in good company when it comes to people who disagree with Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk’s plan to charge users for maintaining their Blue Check verification. While Musk, who bought the social platform for $44 billion in October, suggested charging a $20 monthly subscription fee to maintain the differentiator, he later relented and lowered the price to $8.

His reasoning is that it will help grow Twitter’s revenue by rewarding content creators, reducing ads, and adding other features such as: B. the ability to post longer video and audio clips. “Power to the people,” Musk wrote in a Nov. 1 tweet.

Trevor Noah (L) and Elon Musk (R). Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images, Gotham/Getty Images,

However, Noah said if Musk is genuinely interested in making the social platform more profitable, then maybe he should consider charging a specific sector of Twitter users. “So here’s my question: If you’re trying to create equality on Twitter, why are you requiring someone to be verified? Then just give everyone a blue tick,” Noah said during the Nov. 1 taping of The Daily Show in Atlanta.

He continued: “Why are you charging people? There’s no point in offering it as an “equality” and then putting a price on it, you know what I mean? Can you imagine if MLK was out there like, ‘I have a dream. I have a dream… and I’ll tell you all about it for $8.99 a month.” It wouldn’t be the same.”

Noah criticized Musk’s reasoning for making the platform a fairer space. “It’s all about ‘equality’. No, you’re trying to make money. I get it. I find this $8 a month thing ridiculous. If you ask me if Elon Musk wants to make money from Twitter, what should he do [is], charge no fees for blue ticks. Challenge white people to say the N-word. Twitter will be the most profitable company in history. Racists will take out loans,” he said.

After Musk’s Twitter takeover, the Network Contagion Research Institute released a report stating that use of the N-word increased by as much as 500 percent. Yoel Roth, head of safety and integrity at Twitter, said the rise in racist rhetoric is the byproduct of internet trolls. “Twitter’s policies have not changed. Hateful behavior has no place here. And we’re taking steps to curb an organized effort to make people believe we did it,” Roth said.

That effort may come a bit late, as several celebrities have sworn off Twitter after Musk took the helm. How to Get Away With Murder creator Shonda Rhimes said she “wouldn’t hang around whatever Elon has planned. Bye,” in a tweet. Another notable Hollywood figure who said goodbye to her followers is Ken Olin, the creator of This Is Us. “I’m out of here,” he wrote. Other celebrities such as LeBron James and Toni Braxton both expressed growing concern that hate speech was becoming all too common on Twitter.

Though Noah has made no public plans to leave the platform, he will be retiring from hosting The Daily Show. The comedian announced his plans to leave the show in September. Trevor Noah slams Elon Musk’s plan to charge for Twitter verification after reports reveal excessive use of the N-word and racist rhetoric on the platform

James Brien

James Brien is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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