Elon Musk to Charge New Users of X App

This illustration photo created in Los Angeles, California, on July 24, 2023, shows the Twitter bird logo in the background of the Twitter page of Elon Musk, advertising a possible X as a replacement Twitter logo. Elon Musk killed off the Twitter logo on July 24, 2023, replacing the world-recognized blue bird with a white X as the tycoon accelerates his efforts to transform the floundering social media giant. Musk and the company's new chief executive Linda Yaccarino announced the rebranding on July 23, 2023, scrapping one of technology's most iconic brands in the latest shock move since the tycoon took over Twitter nine months ago. (Photo by Chris Delmas / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Elon Musk, the owner of the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), has announced plans to implement charges for new users posting on the platform.

According to him, “a small fee for new user write access is the only way to curb the relentless onslaught of bots.”

Musk explained that after a three-month period, new users would be granted free posting privileges.

He expressed concerns about the ease with which current AI and troll farms can bypass bot detection measures, stating, “Current AI (and troll farms) can pass ‘are you a bot’ with ease. The onslaught of fake accounts also uses up the available namespace, so many good handles are taken as a result”

Earlier, Musk had implemented a yearly fee of $1 for new users in New Zealand and the Philippines starting on October 17, 2023, granting them access to essential functionalities like tweeting, retweeting, liking posts, and commenting.

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