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New X users to pay temporary fee to post, like and reply

By Shawn Tan - on 17 Apr 2024, 8:45am

New X users to pay temporary fee to post, like and reply

The "small fee" applies for new X users and is temporary. After three months, they will be allowed to post, like and reply for free.

Elon Musk, who owns X (formerly known as Twitter), confirms that the company is planning to charge new users a small fee to start posting, liking, and replying on the platform.

Musk made the confirmation in a reply to @xDaily's report that X could be changing its policy to charge new users. @xDaily discovered a website change on X that states "new accounts are required to pay a small fee" before they can post, like, bookmark, and reply.

The website change also indicates that the small fee is "to reduce spam and to create a better experience for everyone". Musk reiterates in a tweet:

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.

Musk later clarifies in another post that the small fee is temporary and only applicable for fresh accounts. These new users can post, like and reply for free after three months.

It remains to be seen if this new policy would help X address the issue of bots. After all, the implementation of the paid verified accounts did little to put an end to bots.

Source: @xDaily, @elonmusk (1)(2)

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