FACT CHECK: Did Elon Musk Say Journalists With ‘They/Them’ Pronouns Will Pay More For Twitter Verification?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports Twitter CEO Elon Musk will make journalists with they/them pronouns to pay twice the amount for verification on the platform.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence suggesting Musk intends to implement such a fee.

Fact Check:

Since Musk’s acquisition of the company, Twitter announced that users will now have to pay a fee of $7.99 monthly to receive a verified status on the platform, BBC reported. Paid check marks will remain blue on user profiles, while government-based accounts will have a grey checkmark and company accounts will have a golden checkmark, according to Mint.

The Facebook post purports that Musk announced the verification price is doubled for journalists who use they/them pronouns. The poster does not provide when or where the announcement was made.

“BREAKING: @elonmusk says journalists with ‘they/them’ pronouns in bio will pay a $16 monthly fee,” the post reads. “Instead of the standard $8 for verification because ‘they’ identify as multiple people.”

The claim was first posted to Twitter by another user where it accrued over 51,000 retweets.

There is no evidence Musk made such a statement. The claim doesn’t appear on Musk’s verified Twitter account. Likewise, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports to verify the claim. (RELATED: Did Elon Musk Fire Twitter’s Policy Chief Live On Air?)

Check Your Fact has reached out to Twitter for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. 

This is not the first spread of misinformation involving Musk. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that Musk announced the intention to buy TikTok and then delete it.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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