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X is starting to charge new users $1 per year to send tweets

What To Know

  • X, in its announcement on October 17th, 2023, stated, “We have initiated the testing phase of ‘Not A Bot,’ a new subscription approach aimed at new users in two select countries.
  • It serves as a potential robust measure to combat bots and spammers on X, all while maintaining a balance between platform accessibility and the modest subscription fee.
  • Under the framework of this subscription, new users are compelled to verify their phone numbers and remit the $1 fee in order to access core functionalities such as posting tweets, engaging in retweets, creating bookmarks, and expressing approval through likes.
  • Nevertheless, this initial trial may fuel speculation about X’s long-term intentions, as it aligns with a recent conversation during which Elon Musk, in a livestreamed discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hinted at the possibility of introducing mandatory payments to combat bots and spam.

After weeks of speculation, X has officially unveiled its strategy to introduce fees for new users, marking a significant departure from its previous free access model. The company has disclosed the particulars of its new subscription service, christened “Not a Bot,” which is currently undergoing testing in New Zealand and the Philippines.

As reported initially by Fortune, the “Not a Bot” subscription mandates new users to make an annual payment equivalent to $1 USD, granting them the privilege to post content. X, in its announcement on October 17th, 2023, stated, “We have initiated the testing phase of ‘Not A Bot,’ a new subscription approach aimed at new users in two select countries.

This innovative trial has been conceived to reinforce our ongoing commitment to combat spam, platform manipulation, and bot activity. It serves as a potential robust measure to combat bots and spammers on X, all while maintaining a balance between platform accessibility and the modest subscription fee.”

Elon Musk’s X/Twitter to Charge $1 per Year for Users to Post on the Platform, Starting With Test in Two Countries

Under the framework of this subscription, new users are compelled to verify their phone numbers and remit the $1 fee in order to access core functionalities such as posting tweets, engaging in retweets, creating bookmarks, and expressing approval through likes. For those who decline to make this payment, X will restrict them to a “read-only” mode, effectively curtailing their ability to actively participate on the platform.

It’s worth noting that, for the time being, existing users are exempt from these subscription charges. X has clarified that this initiative is not driven by profit motives. Nevertheless, this initial trial may fuel speculation about X’s long-term intentions, as it aligns with a recent conversation during which Elon Musk, in a livestreamed discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hinted at the possibility of introducing mandatory payments to combat bots and spam.

X stated, “Subscription options have proven to be the most effective solution on a large scale.” Notably, Musk’s earlier comments on this topic were met with a mixed reception, leading to a surge in activity on X’s rival platform, Bluesky. Furthermore, there have been reports suggesting Musk’s long-standing interest in obtaining access to users’ credit card and billing information, potentially supporting his ambition to introduce financial services on X.

According to his biographer, Walter Isaacson, Musk’s drive to onboard subscribers is closely intertwined with his vision of creating an all-encompassing “everything app,” and he expressed frustration upon discovering that Apple does not share credit card details of iPhone users who sign up for services.

Despite these developments, X has not responded to requests for comment, leaving room for further speculation and anticipation surrounding its evolving business model.

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