Elon Musk says new users of X handle will pay for tweets

Elon Musk has announced that new users of X, the social media network formerly known as Twitter, will have to pay to tweet.

“Unfortunately, a small fee for new user write access is the only way to curb the relentless onslaught of bots,” Musk said Monday in between posting memes and tweeting about Tesla’s sweeping layoffs, as reported by Quartz. “Current AI (and troll farms) can pass ‘are you a bot’ with ease.”

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The change in policy was first flagged by an automated account designed to track changes to X’s website, before being confirmed by Musk.

The company had experimented with charging a $1 annual subscription fee for users in the Philippines and New Zealand to be able to post and interact with other users on X.

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