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Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin Concerned About Elon Musk’s Twitter Plan

Sead Fadilpašić
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Vitalik Buterin. Source: a video screenshot, Grand Amphi Théatre / YouTube

Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin has shared on Twitter his concerns over Tesla and Twitter chief Elon Musk‘s blue check system but said that there might be a solution.

On November 1, Musk announced the blue Twitter verification tick would cost $8 a month. “Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit,” he tweeted

Buterin, however, commented on this announcement, specifically about the potential for scams. How well this new system would work depends on “exactly how much due diligence is done” to ensure that those behind the blue checkmarks are indeed who they claim to be, he said in a tweet. 

That said, there is a ‘but’. Buterin followed his statement up with:

“”Pay $8/month and call yourself whatever” would damage the blue check’s anti-scam role. But if there’s more actual verification, the result is very different.”

And while quite a few people suggested in the comments that paying $8 for the famed verified badge would be worth it for any scammer if that means gaining people’s trust and being able to earn a lot more than the ‘invested’ $8 – others, similarly to Buterin, argued that this could be avoided with more verification.

Yet, it is somewhat ironic that crypto supporters and possibly decentralization advocates would argue for more know-your-customer (KYC)-type measures. 

Economic hierarchy?

“Power to the people” Blue for $8/month,” said the new Twitter chief yesterday upon announcing the news. 

But many people argued that it is not entirely clear how power will be given to those who cannot afford the monthly fee. 

Buterin, however, disagreed, saying that the current system is “*far* more exclusive than even the $20/month level from yesterday.” 

He does not see it as creating any sort of an “economic hierarchy.” Buterin added, however, that,

“Ideally, though, verification would be charged at-cost and separate from other premium services.”