Democratic-Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit Twitter Tuesday night to share her thoughts on new CEO Elon Musk’s plan to charge $8 for premium features on the platform.
“Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually a $8/mo subscription plan,” she wrote Tuesday night.
The Verge reported that Musk wants to change the subscription to add more features, including conferring the verified status to subscribers.
According to Twitter, verified status is meant to let “people know that an account of public interest is authentic.” And currently, the process to apply for verification is free as long as a user meets the requirements of being “authentic, notable, and active.”
Conservatives roasted AOC for her take.
“Twitter is still going to be free you moron,” conservative Arthur Schwartz wrote.
Batya Ungar-Sargon, the deputy opinion editor at Newsweek, tweeted, “This is such a great example of the progressive MO: Take something that confers status and privilege on an elite few and then treat it like it’s a universal principle that may never be questioned.”
“‘Free speech’ does not mean that services must be free of charge. You use your phone for free speech but you also pay for the phone plan,” said conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.