Elon Musk wants users to pay to combat Bots on X platform

Elon Musk, who owns X (which used to be called Twitter), has said that new users will have to pay a fee before they can post anything on the platform. He thinks this is the best way to stop bots (which are automated accounts) from causing problems on the site. Musk has tried other ways to deal with bots, but they haven’t worked.

Replying to an X account that posted about the X policy on new accounts, Musk said:

Unfortunately, a small fee for new user write access is the only way to curb the relentless onslaught of bots. Current AI (and troll farms) can pass “are you a bot” with ease.

Elon Musk

He didn’t say exactly when this fee will start or how much it will be.

In some places like New Zealand and the Philippines, X already charges new users $1 a year to use the platform. These users can read posts but have to pay to do things like post their own content, like posts, or reply to them. Musk might make new users in other places pay a similar fee.

Musk also announced that X is cleaning up the platform to get rid of bot accounts and trolls (people who cause trouble online). This could mean millions of accounts being suspended. X will not only suspend these accounts but also try to find out who’s behind them and take legal action.

Musk used to criticize Twitter for having too many bots, even before he bought the company in 2022. Now, he’s happy that more people are using X, but he’s worried about bots causing problems. So, he’s taking action to deal with them, which might reduce the number of users on the platform.

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