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Monday, 15 April 2024 21:19

New X users may have to pay to tweet, according to Elon Musk.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk is planning to charge new X users a small fee to enable posting on the social network and to curb the bot problem.

Specifically, the SpaceX founder noted that the charge would be required to do things like post, like, bookmark, or reply on the platform.

In reply to an X account that posted about changes on X's website, Musk said charging a small fee to new accounts was the "only way" to stop the "onslaught of bots".

"Current AI (and troll farms) can pass "are you a bot" with ease," Musk said, referring to tools like CAPTCHA.

While replying to another user, Musk later added that new accounts would be able to post after three months of creation without paying a fee.

Last October, X started charging new unverified users $1 per year in New Zealand and the Phillippines. New free users signing up for the platform from these regions could read the posts but couldn’t interact with them. To post content, like, repost, reply, bookmark, and quote posts, they had to pay a fee. Musk might apply a fee similar to other regions.