Elon Musk wants new X users to pay for signing up

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Elon Musk believes that starting to charge new users is one way to stop or reduce the number of bots on X. Musk claimed that requiring payment from new users would drive away bots from the market because they would be required to pay for each profile they created.

Starting today, we’re testing a new program in New Zealand and the Philippines, where new, unverified accounts will be required to sign up for a $1 annual subscription to be able to post and interact with other posts. Within this test, existing users are not affected.

New accounts will have the ability to read posts, but they will not be able to tweet, like, or reply in the X app. Users who do not want to pay will only be able to read posts; they will not be able to do anything else.

The platform will be able to assess new accounts for checkmate bots on the microblogging platform thanks to X’s new “Not a Bot” element.

This new test was developed to bolster our already successful efforts to reduce spam, manipulation of our platform, and bot activity while balancing platform accessibility with the small fee amount. It is not a profit driver. And so far, subscription options have proven to be the main solution that works at scale.”

A recent update from X now gives you the option to restrict replies to only verified users. This implies that you can limit replies to verified platform users. All users have access to this feature, which has already begun to roll out.

The fact that this feature is free and available to all users surprises a lot of people. Most of the recent additions made by Musk and his team are only available to premium subscribers. Making this new feature available to all users is commendable, though.

The microblogging service has begun deleting headlines and excerpts from links that users have posted.

Recall that Elon Musk alluded to this modification in August, saying that it was his idea and that it would greatly enhance X.

Now, when you visit one of the media outlets you follow on X to read a new story, only the article’s image with an overlay of its URL will be visible on iOS. However, you will still find a headline summary and an article excerpt online.

Although the responses from advertisers to this were not what was anticipated, it is clear that X is still moving forward with its plans. There is no doubt that X is doing this because packing more posts into the timeline area that is visible on the screen makes them look smaller.

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Author: Ola Ric

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