Want a new Twitter/X account? Then you will have to pay soon

There have been rumors for some time that paying for a new Twitter/X account is coming. These rumors have now been confirmed by Elon Musk.

Pay for a new Twitter/X account

Last year, a report revealed that Elon Musk was planning to impose a charge on users who newly register on X (formerly Twitter). According to him, this would be the only way to rid the platform of bots. Musk himself has now confirmed these plans and revealed more details about the levy.

In a post on The standard robot tests that have been used so far are easy for AI tools to circumvent, according to Musk.

In another post, he says that users who choose not to pay for a new Twitter/X account can still follow other accounts and read messages for free, but just can’t post. Those who don’t pay for the posting option will still get it for free after a three-month period.

Code in the X app confirms the change

Code found in the X app confirms the change for each new Twitter/X account, as you can see below:

Twitter/X account

Nothing is yet known about when this system will come into effect or how high the levy will be. According to a previous rumor, X would like to charge $1 per year for each new Twitter/X account. That is much less than the existing subscription to X or the subscriptions that Meta has.

Since taking over Twitter, Musk has always said he would put an end to bots and spam accounts. This was one of the arguments for making users pay $8 per month for a blue check mark. However, this had no effect on eliminating bots. In fact, there are many bots that pay for such a check and pretend to be other people. It is unclear how a fee for each new Twitter/X account can combat the number of bots on the platform.

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