Elon Musk rolled out a brand new subscription plan to cost new customers of X, previously referred to as Twitter, to publish content material on the platform.
The social community firm wrote on its website that it began testing “Not A Bot” Tuesday in two nations, New Zealand and the Philippines.
In response to X, the subscription technique will assist “cut back spam, manipulation of our platform and bot exercise.” It additionally famous that the check is not going to influence present customers and solely new accounts on the net.
As for a way the brand new program works, new customers pays a $1 annual payment (noting that costs differ by nation and forex) to have the ability to publish content material, like posts, reply, repost, quote different accounts’ posts and bookmark posts on the net model of the platform. Those that opt-out will solely be capable of learn posts, watch movies and comply with accounts.
Musk mentioned on the plan on X Tuesday, “Appropriate, learn without spending a dime, however $1/12 months to put in writing. It’s the one strategy to struggle bots with out blocking actual customers. This gained’t cease bots utterly, however it will likely be 1000X tougher to govern the platform.”
The brand new plan got here practically a month after experiences that Musk was contemplating charging all customers to entry the social platform. Throughout a livestreamed dialog with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu final month, the Tesla CEO mentioned, “We’re transferring to having a small month-to-month fee to be used of the system” to assist beat back the bots.
He added, “Plus, each time a bot creator wished to make one other bot, they would wish one other new fee technique.”
Nonetheless, on the time, Musk didn’t share any extra particulars or affirm if and when this system would roll out.
Within the U.S. presently, X solely fees customers for its subscription tier X Premium, which prices $11 a month, and affords extra perks together with a verified account checkmark.