Elon Musk says X, formerly known as, is considering having its users pay a “small monthly payment” to use the social media platform.
On Monday, Musk made the remarks during a livestreamed conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about artificial intelligence, saying the fee would be meant to keep bots off X.
“It’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots,” he said.
He also added that X has 550 million monthly users that generate 100 million to 200 million posts a day. However, he didn’t indicate whether he was factoring bots into that figure.
The meeting with Netanyahu comes weeks after Musk said hefor purportedly accusing X and him of antisemitism, and fueling advertisers’ exodus from the social network. The ADL flagged a surge in bullying and antisemitic posts on X following the billionaire’s acquisition of the social network last year. On Monday, Musk said he’s against “attacking any group.”
“Obviously, I’m against antisemitism,” he said. “I’m against anti-really anything that promotes hate and conflict.”
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Musk did not elaborate on how much payment would be to use X, but said it would be a “small amount of money.”
“We’re actually going to come up with a lower tier pricing … This is a longer discussion, but in my view, this is actually the only defense against vast armies of bots,” he said.
Currently, X has a premium subscription service where it charges users for certain features, including being able to edit a post and having prioritized rankings in conversations and search. Pricing for the service starts at $8 a month.