All Twitter, now X, users could soon be charged a monthly fee
Elon Musk has hinted that all users of social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, could be soon be made to pay to use the service in an effort to stop bots on the site.
Speaking during a livestreamed conversation on artificial intelligence (AI) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday (September 18), the billionaire said the company is “moving towards a small monthly payment for use of the X system”. Mr Musk said it is the “only way” to combat “vast armies of bots” by pricing out those who want to create large networks of accounts to spread content on the platform.
X currently is free to use but has a paid-for tier known as X Premium, which gives the user a blue verification tick as well as access to additional features such as longer posts and more prominence and promotion for their content in exchange for a monthly fee. However, Mr Musk has now suggested the company is looking at placing the entire site behind a paywall.
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“We’re actually going to come up with a lower tier pricing… we just want it to be a small amount of money,” he said. “This is a longer discussion, but, in my view, this is actually the only defence against vast armies of bots.”
Ever since completing his takeover of the platform last year, the Tesla and SpaceX boss has spoken extensively about wanting to boost X’s income through new revenue streams, including subscription models. When launching Twitter Blue – now known as X Premium – a number of features which had previously been free to all users were