Reviewing Twitter Blue in South Africa

Popular social media platform Twitter has undergone a number of changes since Elon Must took ownership last year. Among these changes has been the introduction of Twitter Blue on 15 April 2023.

This is a subscription-based service that allows users with a phone number and credit card details to sign up and receive benefits including a blue verification mark, less paid-for advertising on the platform and longer tweets of up to 10 000 characters.

This report takes a closer look at the implications of a subscription based model within the framework of South African legislation and the effect that this new model is already having on accounts of public interest for South Africans.

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