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Elon Musk set to introduce monthly charges on X 

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Tesla CEO and X owner, Elon Musk, said the microblogging site will soon start charging users monthly for using its service.  

Musk disclosed this in a live-streamed conversation with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. Musk did not say the exact amount that will be paid and when this will start but he hinted that this will be a ‘small monthly payment’ and ‘a few dollars’. 

 According to him, introducing the monthly charges is the only way he could think of to address the challenge of bots on the platform.

With this development, X, which recently started paying content creators who have subscribed to X Premium, will now be paid by all users. This is aside from the monthly subscription for the X Premium (Twitter Blue).  

In response to Netanyahu’s concern that most views being expressed on X are mostly from an ‘army of bots’ Musk said:  

The discussions also centred on the power of AI, which the Israeli Prime Minister described as the ‘demon with the good and the bad sides’. 

During the conversation, Musk also talked about new metrics for X, noting the site has now 550 million monthly users, who generate 100 to 200 million posts every day.

However, it wasn’t clear if Musk was also counting the army of bots which he is now trying to get rid of through monthly payment. During its last public earnings of Q1 2022 Twitter had 229 million mDAUs. 

 

 

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