Elon Musk Proposes $1 Annual Fee on Twitter to Counteract Spammers and Bots

In a bid to combat spam and bot activity, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, now called X, has launched the “Not A Bot” program in select territories. 

This program charges new signups a $1 annual subscription fee and is currently active in New Zealand and the Philippines.

Under the “Not A Bot” program, new, unverified accounts must pay the annual fee to post content, like posts, reply, repost, quote other accounts’ posts, and bookmark posts on the web version of X.

Those who opt not to subscribe can only engage in “read-only” actions, such as reading posts, watching videos, and following accounts.

X states that the program is primarily aimed at curbing spam, bot activity, and manipulation, and it emphasizes that it is not a profit-driven initiative.

The platform introduced phone verification as the first step for new accounts in these countries.

While X’s premium blue tick, available for $11 a month in the US, hasn’t been entirely successful in countering scammers and bots, the “Not A Bot” program is another attempt by the platform’s owner, 

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Elon Musk’s Ambitious Vision for X: From Social Media to All-In-One App

Elon Musk, to address these issues. Musk has voiced his plans to turn X into an all-encompassing app with payment services, and he acquired the platform in October 2022 for $44 billion.

This limited test program comes as X grapples with declining ad revenue, partly due to an advertiser boycott stemming from concerns about content management. 

Musk’s controversial decisions, such as renaming the platform, altering the verification system, and instituting tweet view limits, have marked his tenure. X also faces lawsuits alleging non-payment of promised severance to employees affected by layoffs.

The success of the “Not A Bot” program will be closely watched as X continues its evolution under Musk’s ownership.

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Source: IGN

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