Twitter launches a subscription plan for exclusive content

It’s called Super Follow and will be available for iOS only in North America for the time being. However, the social network is also working on bitcoin payments and ways to limit abuses on the platform

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September is expected to be a month of news for Twitter. The microblogging platform announced the implementation or testing of different features, starting with Super Follow, the new subscription-based exclusive content system of the social network, which has been talked about since February.

Super Follow since yesterday is available for some iOS users selected in the United States and Canada, who had applied to preview it. Twitter has made it known, however, that the news will be available to more and more people around the world in the coming weeks and will also reach Android users and on the web.

Already enabled users can choose i tweet “premium” which will appear in the timelines of subscribers only. Twitter offers three subscription plans for Super Follow: $ 2.99 per month, $ 4.99 per month and $ 9.99 per month to allow people to “Monetize bonus and behind-the-scenes content for their most engaged followers”.

However, you can always put yourself on a waiting list to re-enter the Super Follow program when it is expanded. For now, to be eligible, a user must have at least 10,000 followers, be 18, have tweeted 25 times in the past 30 days, live in the US, and comply with Twitter’s Super Follow policy.

Twitter Super Follow: Foto: via Twitter

The company claims that users can cash out up to 97% of subscription revenue net of commissions, up to a limit of $ 50,000 with all Twitter monetization products. Beyond this threshold, Twitter claims that users can earn up to 80% after commissions.

Twitter over the past few months has been working a lot on ways to enable its users to monetize their presence on the platform and keep up with other social networks such as Facebook and TikTok that are focusing on content creators. For example, it has added a feature to make offers to creators called Tip Jar, Exclusive Paid Spaces, a button to subscribe to newsletters and is testing a section dedicated to shopping.

One of the other news of these days concerns the Tip Jar, the virtual offer jar thanks to which users can send money to the creators who follow to support them. Currently this feature only accepts traditional currencies, but Twitter is working to allow payments also in bitcoin.

The functionality was first revealed by the app developer and researcher Alessandro Paluzzi. The news was later confirmed by Twitter’s product area chief, Kayvon Beykpour, who confirmed that the social network is indeed working to implement bitcoin transactions on Tip Jar.

Jack Dorsey’s platform later revealed that it has begun testing another option that many have awaited. Is called Security mode, it can be activated from the privacy and security settings and will guarantee one automatic defense against insults and harassment on the app for a period of seven days, renewable. This mode is based on an algorithm that will filter out potential threats, evaluating the content of tweets and the relationship between an account and those who respond to it.

The new feature will initially be available for a “Small feedback group” from approximately 1,000 English-speaking users. Twitter said it used the advice of, among others, to structure this function mental health, cyber security and human rights experts. The social network has specified that in this test phase it will try to reach accounts that often find themselves receiving waves of hatred.

Earlier this year, Twitter announced it was working on developing new anti-abuse features, including an option to allow users to remove your own tag from threads in which they were mentioned and a way to prevent serial harassers from mentioning them in the future. Threats, insults and harassment are not the prerogative of Twitter, of course, but the social network knows that these episodes happen and in the long run lead some people to leave the app. For this reason he is trying to run for cover.

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