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Twitter’s Paid Verification to be Delayed Again in an Attempt to bypass Apple’s App Store Charges

Twitter’s revamped Blue subscription might not be available as an in-app purchase on iOS so that it can dodge Apple’s 30 percent cut of App Store purchases.

After confirming Friday this week (Dec. 2nd) as the relaunch date of Twitter Blue, Elon Musk is once again delaying the relaunch of Twitter’s paid verification service as the company tries to skirt Apple’s 30% App Store charges. According to a report by Platformer, Twitter was ready to relaunch as soon as Tuesday.

“Product requirement updates: Will delay the launch of Twitter Blue to make some tweaks,” a Twitter product manager posted on Slack on Tuesday, as per Platformer.

The report further noted that the social media platform wasn’t intending to offer Twitter Blue as an in-app purchase, – meaning the company would avoid Apple’s 30% App Store charge when the service is reactivated.

Musk on Monday launched a war against Apple in a series of tweets starting off with a tweet claiming that the company “mostly stopped” advertising on Twitter and questioning whether Apple “hate free speech in America.”

“Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?” Musk stated in a tweet.

Musk also mentioned that Apple threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, “but won’t tell us why,”

He later tweeted slamming Apple’s 30% fee charged by the company to some developers for most payments made through its App Store.

The $8 per month subscription service for a blue verification check mark next to your name, was first launched earlier this month to help Twitter grow revenue. However, the service got suspended a few days later after a wave of fake verified accounts took over the platform impersonating public figures and companies.


Winnie Nantongo

Winnie is a tech reporter with a passion for digital media & communications.
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