Elon Musk Plans to Charge New X Users to Enable Posting to Combat Bots

| Updated on 18 April 2024

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of X (formerly Twitter), has suggested a new idea to combat bots on the platform. 

Musk confirmed that there aren’t many things that the company can do about it. However, a one-off fee for new users to give write access is the only way to curb the relentless onslaught of bots. 

He pointed out that the current AI system can easily pass ‘Are you a bot’ tests. So, stringent methods are required to curb bots on the platform. 

It is not confirmed whether this will be implemented or not, but it is a nice thought. However, many users will be unhappy with this, especially the general public who doesn’t want to pay just to reply to a bunch of tweets. 

In another tweet, Elon mentioned that the new users will be able to post content on X after three months from the account creation date. This will apply if you don’t want to pay the fee immediately. However, specifications regarding the same are not available at the moment. 

Last October, X started charging new unverified users $1 per year in New Zealand and the Philippines. The new users from that part of the world could read the posts but couldn’t interact with them. They had to pay a fee to like, repost, reply, bookmark, and quote posts. 

The company might expand the same feature to other regions as they’ve already run a pilot in those two countries. 

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