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Here’s Why Elon Musk Plans to Charge New X Users

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Elon Musk plans to charge new X users, here's why

In a recent announcement, tech billionaire Elon Musk revealed plans to implement a small fee for new users on the microblogging site X. Musk believes that this move could help combat the issue of bots plaguing the platform. The decision comes after an X account highlighted the ongoing problem, prompting Musk to address the issue by stating that charging new users a fee was the “only way” to tackle the “onslaught of bots.”

Musk explained that the current AI technology, including troll farms, can easily bypass standard bot detection measures like CAPTCHA. He further mentioned that new users would be required to pay a fee to post on the platform, but they would be able to perform write actions for free after three months from the account creation date.

While Musk has not disclosed the specific amount new users will be charged, the platform previously charged $1 per year from new unverified users in New Zealand and the Philippines for posting privileges. This move allowed new users to read posts but restricted their ability to interact unless they paid the fee. Musk is expected to implement a similar fee structure for new users from other regions on the platform.

This decision aligns with Musk’s ongoing efforts to combat AI bots on the platform. Last year, X updated its policy to use public posts for training machine learning algorithms. Additionally, Musk’s AI company xAI recently introduced the “Grok” chatbot to Premium X users for a monthly fee, with plans to make it available to all users for composing posts. Although Musk acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal in 2022, the platform’s contentious relationship with advertisers has impacted its revenue streams, with a large number of top advertisers stopping ad spending on X.

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