After taking over Twitter, Elon Musk announced that users of the social media platform who had been granted a blue check in the past (to denote legitimacy) would have to pay to keep the symbol. Pricing starts at $8/month or $84/year. Blowback saw some prominent people and organizations like LeBron James and the New York Times refusing to pay for their check.
More recently, NPR (National Public Radio) left Twitter after refusing to pay the subscription and saying it was mislabeled as “state-affiliated media” and then “government-funded media.”
Elon Musk’s mother, professional model Maye Musk, has retained her blue check on Twitter, where she has amassed close to 900,000 followers. Did the Tesla founder and CEO, who is among the richest people in the world, make his mother pay for the symbol or did he cover her bill?
[Note: It’s become part of the national dialogue to determine how Elon Musk goes about his business, especially his Twitter business.]
On the blue checkmark, Twitter officially says: “Starting April 1, we’ll be winding down our legacy Verification program and accounts that were verified under the previous criteria (active, notable, and authentic) will not retain a blue checkmark unless they are subscribed to Twitter Blue.”
I am now Dr. Maye Musk PhD! 👩🎓🥰 Thank you the University of the Free State for honoring me with the Doctor of Dietetics. After dedicating my adult life to nutrition research and the promotion of dietitians, this is the best recognition ever! This ceremony brought me to tears. It… pic.twitter.com/KHaE40o3o6— Maye Musk (@mayemusk) April 13, 2023
When Ms. Musk recently shared the video below, of her receiving her doctorate degree in dietetics, the mother and son had a brief exchange on Twitter. Elon wrote “Congratulations!” and she replied “Thanks” with two face-blowing-a-kiss emojis.
Thanks. 😘😘 https://t.co/RwoMFuBODO— Maye Musk (@mayemusk) April 13, 2023
Below is Ms. Musk in Dubai with “Tesla’s landlord in Dubai.” That’s Shehab Gargash and Ms. Musk explains (and celebrates) that his mother was the first woman in Dubai to drive a car.