Elon Musk reveals that he plans to charge new users of X (formerly Twitter)

It has been revealed that X (formerly Twitter) plans to charge new users before they can post, reply, like, or bookmark anything. X's Elon Musk explains that the reason for only charging new users is to 'counter bots.'

Elon Musk plans to charge new X users to enable posting | TechCrunch

X Updates Radar, which publishes information on X-related updates, has discovered that the company is expanding its policy of charging new users before they can post, reply, like, or bookmark. According to X Daily News, the policy was previously only implemented in New Zealand and the Philippines, and was initially described as a 'trial run to reduce spam and improve the overall user experience.'

In response to this post, X's Elon Musk wrote, 'Unfortunately, the only way to curb the relentless onslaught of bots is to charge a small fee for new users for write access. Today's AI and troll farms easily pass the 'Are you a bot?' question ( a CAPTCHA -like test to see if you're a human).' He also emphasized that charging new users a fee is a measure to combat the rapid increase in bots on X.

Later, another user wrote, 'What's special about X is that anyone can post for free. We obviously need to stop the bots, but what if we gave people the option to do something computationally expensive (like mining Dogecoin) instead of paying?' To which Musk replied, 'That's a much harder choice than making them pay a small fee. We only charge new users, and after three months of signing up, you can post for free.' It's clear that the fee is for 'three months.'

At the time of writing, there are no details about when X will enforce this policy or how much new users will have to pay as a fee.

In October 2023, X began charging new users in New Zealand and the Philippines a small annual fee of $1. New users who accessed X from these regions could view posts, but had to pay to take other actions, such as posting, replying, liking, and bookmarking.

X (formerly Twitter) begins testing the 'Not A Bot' program that charges $1 per year for posts and reposts - GIGAZINE

X announced that it would begin mass purging of spam accounts in early April 2024, warning users that their follower counts may be affected.

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