Today: 19-04-2024

X, formerly known as Twitter, is set to begin testing the charging of new users $1 annually for "posting and interacting with other posts," the company announced in a recent statement.

X, formerly known as Twitter, is set to begin testing the charging of new users $1 annually for "posting and interacting with other posts," the company announced in a recent statement.

The social media platform stated on Tuesday evening that this move is part of its efforts to combat spam and bot activity. The annual subscription is part of the program the company calls "Not A Bot" and will initially be tested in New Zealand and the Philippines.

Elon Musk had previously stated that the company planned to transition to a subscription model in September. X stated that the changes are not revenue-driven.

Users who cannot or do not wish to pay the annual fee will only be able to view posts and follow accounts, the company stated. Excessive bot activity has been a constant call by Musk even before he acquired the company in October 2022. Initially, he claimed that Twitter, as it was previously known, understated the number of bots on the platform as part of its efforts to avoid a $44 billion acquisition deal. This assertion was based on an analysis that was disputed by many experts.

It is reported that bot activity worsened under Musk's leadership. Many of Musk's decisions radically changed the social media platform, which is considered a vital part of disaster response infrastructure and an important tool for news gathering.

At the start of his ownership, Musk ordered changes to the user verification process, gradually phasing out requirements for celebrity endorsements in favor of a paid model, and reduced the number of trust and safety teams as part of a broader cost-cutting initiative.

Independent researchers had previously identified a significant number of bot accounts promoting cryptocurrency tokens, leading to their price increases. Many users complained about the platform's degradation; however, competitors such as Bluesky, Meta's Threads, or Mastodon have yet to become significant challengers.