​X will soon no longer be free, according to Musk

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And that’s because of bots

​X will soon no longer be free, according to Musk

Social medium X, formerly known as Twitter, will probably no longer be free soon. Owner of the platform Elon Musk has said that he would like to see that you are required to use a subscription if you want to enjoy X. Fortunately, he is not talking about tomorrow, but he does indicate that it will ‘eventually’ switch to a monthly payment.

Pay monthly for X

According to Musk, the monthly payment is only small (a few dollars, so a few euros), but it is still an extra subscription that comes with it, in a world in which the former Twitter is often abandoned anyway, which is partly because all kinds of people who were previously banned are allowed to happily return. Something that goes down the wrong way with many people who believed that the ban was completely justified (think, for example, of Trump with his riotous tweets).

Musk spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu about X and how things are going there. According to the billionaire, that is the only thing he can think of to combat the large masses of bots. He is mainly thinking of the people who make bots, because those bot accounts suddenly have to be paid monthly and that can be quite expensive.

Battle against bots

At the same time, people who make bots are probably smart enough to avoid such a subscription, but hey, Musk doesn’t seem to want extra funds himself (although he would still like to earn back his purchase price from Twitter). He also does not want to use the money to hire technicians to do something against those bots. Nope, it’s much simpler than that: he just wants those bot makers to also have to take out a subscription for each bot.

According to Elon Musk, X has 550 million monthly users, but whether he adds those bots or not is unknown. It seems like a very optimistic number, because Twitter had about half the users a year and a half ago. 800,000 of those users are already paying customers: they use the X Premium subscription (previously known as Twitter Blue), which is also available in the Netherlands for ten euros per month.

Among other things, it gives you a verification badge and the option to edit your X-posts. The subscription that Musk seems to have in mind to combat the bots does not seem to have those perks: it gives you access and that’s it. We are curious when this will be introduced: although Musk always says a lot of crazy things, he knows often ultimately make them come true.

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