Now, Twitter is selling one year of blue check privileges at a discounted price of $84

Elon Musk’s objective since taking over Twitter has been to develop the subscription business and unveil a revised Twitter Blue package that grants customers a “verified” checkmark, decreased adverts, preferential treatment from its algorithm, and other advantages. The subscription, which is still only available via iOS or the web, now provides a cheaper yearly membership for users to pick from instead of the $8-per-month online pricing or the $11-per-month iOS price, which includes Apple’s 30% cost transfer to the consumer.

If you want to start saving money right immediately, yearly Twitter Blue memberships are available online for $84 per year, saving you slightly over 12% compared to a monthly web subscription — or 36% if you pay on iOS.

It’s unclear whether Apple will mind if Twitter makes up for its cut in this manner, but Apple has previously made exceptions in its App Store policies for such things: “reader” apps and “multiplatform services” can generally sign up for a subscription you’ve already purchased elsewhere without paying Apple’s fees.

Twitter’s new yearly purchase option was announced on the company’s support website. We have not discovered any additional substantial modifications to the plan as of today. Whether you pay monthly or annually, it will take an indeterminate period of time for your tick to display, and you will need to verify a phone number to activate it.

Recent accusations that Twitter has failed to pay rent on some of its office premises appear to have obscured the accelerated payment option. It is being sued in San Francisco for nonpayment, and there are multiple claims in Singapore that staff were sacked from the office for nonpayment.

The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that the first installment of interest payments on the $13 billion in loans Musk used to fund his $44 billion Twitter takeover is due as early as late January, citing three anonymous sources. According to the publication, lenders are in discussions with Musk about refinancing some of the pricey unsecured debt with margin loans guaranteed by Musk’s ownership in Tesla.

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