Social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, is testing a new subscription model that will charge new users $1 per year for basic features such as liking, retweeting, and bookmarking posts. The subscription, called “Not A Bot,” is designed to combat bots and spammers, which have been a contentious issue for the company’s new owner, Elon Musk.
Existing users will not be affected by the test, but new users who do not subscribe will only be able to view and read posts, watch videos, and follow accounts. The subscription will be first available to users in New Zealand and the Philippines, and the fee will vary from country to country based on the exchange rate.
Musk has repeatedly said that he wants to make X a more authentic platform, and the new subscription model is seen as a step in that direction. Bots and spammers have long been a problem on X, and they can have a negative impact on the user experience. For example, bots can be used to spread misinformation or to harass other users.
The new subscription model is also seen as a way for X to generate more revenue. The company has been struggling financially in recent years, and Musk has said that he wants to make X more profitable. The subscription could provide a new stream of revenue for the company, and it could also help to reduce the number of ads that users see.
It remains to be seen whether the new subscription model will be successful. However, it is a clear indication that Musk is serious about making X a more authentic and profitable platform.