Almost 140,000 people paid for a Twitter Blue subscription in just 5 days, including far-right influencers and adult performers, report says

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A software developer found that over 137,000 people paid for Twitter Blue, the New York Times reported.
The typical Twitter Blue subscriber had 560 followers, many of which were far-right accounts.
Thousands of subscribers were linked to far-right accounts flagged for posting extremist content.
Nearly 140,000 people paid $8 for a Twitter Blue subscription between November 10 and November 15, the New York Times reported.
The Times cited data from Travis Brown, a software developer in Berlin, who used a computer program to find over 137,000 accounts with Twitter Blue subscriptions between November 10 and 15. The program downloaded data including the following lists of users, screen time, date they joined Twitter and verification status.
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Brown found that the typical Twitter Blue subscriber had about 560 followers, but some had over a million, including Mika Salamanca, a YouTube creator with 3.9 million Twitter followers; Arabic news site, Alwatan News with 2.7 million followers and several adult film actors.
Many of Twitter Blue's subscribers were far-right influencers like kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, Libs of TikTok and Catturd2.
Brown's data showed that thousands of subscribers were linked to around 5,000 far-right Twitter accounts that had been flagged for spreading extremist ideas, and some were also listed by Cornell University for posting conspiracy theories about voter fraud.
Twitter and Travis Brown did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the data outside of normal business hours.
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The launch of Musk's Twitter Blue subscription has been one of chaos over the past month. The $7.99 subscription feature originally launched on Nov. 5, a day after Musk laid off 50% of the company's roughly 8,000 employees.
When it was introduced, a number of trolls abused the blue tick and posed as high-profile figures such as George W. Bush, Tony Blair and O.J. Simpsons. Companies like Volkswagen, Audi, Pfizer and others were spooked by this and stopped advertising on the platform. As a result, Musk revoked the paid verification system on November 6.
The chaos continued when Musk made the feature available again on November 11, before it was revoked the same day. Musk later said he plans to relaunch Blue Verified on November 29.
On Monday, Musk said the Twitter Blue relaunch was on hold until the platform could resolve identity issues with "high confidence."
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