- Elon Musk stated that X may now be paid.
- It has been suggested that this change was necessary to deal with the bot account issue on the platform.
- Musk stated that X currently has 550 million monthly users.
Elon Musk, owner of X, stated that the social network formerly known as Twitter may no longer be free. Musk, who had a live meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Monday, stated that a small payment could be made for the use of the platform. He suggested that this change was necessary to deal with the bot problem on the platform.
“This is the only way I can think of to combat bots,” Musk said in a statement. Musk did not say the net price of the new subscription system, but it was stated that it would be a small amount.
During the call, Musk shared X’s new user data. He stated that the platform currently has 550 million monthly users and they share 100 to 200 million posts every day. However, Musk did not specify whether bot accounts or spam posts were counted in these figures.
Musk did not explain when the pricing issue planned to be implemented for X would take place. However, users have been forced to subscribe to X Premium since Musk acquired the company last year. This subscriber system offers the opportunity to edit posts, turn off ads, and write longer posts.
X does not disclose how many of its users use the paid subscriber system. However, independent research companies state that most users do not use the premium feature. For example, one analysis shows that only 827,615 users are currently subscribed to X Premium.
The pricing system for X is actually not a new idea for Musk. A page called Platformer stated last year that Elon Musk was evaluating a payment system.
Compiled by: Davut Bulut