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.