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Paying for X: Elon Musk hints at turning social media platform into paid service, all users to pay monthly fee

Elon Musk has hinted that he plans to put X behind a paywall and get every user to pay a small fee to access the social media website. The paid service would have two tiers, first the existing X Premium, formerly known as Twitter Blue, and X Basic

Elon Musk recently had a chat about Twitter’s future, which he’s rebranded as X. He dropped a hint that soon, everyone on X might need to chip in a small monthly fee to use it. Why? Well, to tackle the problem of fake accounts, those pesky bots.

But the catch is, Musk didn’t spill the beans on how much this fee would be or what perks you’d get for paying it, according to a CNBC report.

In a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Musk spilt some stats about X. He mentioned that X now boasts a whopping 550 million monthly users who are actively posting between 100 to 200 million times a day.

But here’s the twist: Musk didn’t clarify how many of these users are real humans and not bots, and he didn’t compare these numbers to what Twitter had before he took the reins.

Now, Musk’s chat with Netanyahu was supposed to be all about discussing the potential risks of advanced tech like AI and how to regulate it. But he couldn’t resist addressing the criticism that X lets hate speech and anti-Semitism run rampant.

In recent times, civil rights groups have been giving Musk flak for not doing enough to combat hate speech and anti-Semitic content on X. He even tossed around the idea of suing the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish organization, for messing with X’s revenue. But as of now, no lawsuit has hit the ADL from Musk or X Corp, and they haven’t given a quick response on this.

Before his talk with Netanyahu, Musk accused George Soros, the well-known philanthropist, of wanting to harm Western civilization. Soros has been the target of all sorts of crazy conspiracy theories.

On Musk’s social media platform, he’s made some not-so-friendly comments about various groups and individuals. However, during the chat with Netanyahu, he suddenly decided he’s all about unity and not attacking any group, especially when it comes to humanity’s space exploration goals.

After splurging $44 billion to buy Twitter, Musk went wild with changes. He let previously banned accounts, like former President Donald Trump’s, make a comeback. He also gave the boot to the “blue check” verification system that marked famous accounts.

Now, if you’re willing to pay up, you’ll sport a blue badge next to your name and get more eyeballs on your posts. But if you’re not willing to cough up the cash, your posts might go unnoticed. Musk’s thinking here is that this will put off those pesky bots from haunting the platform.

X is also gearing up to become a money transmitter in the United States, with permissions already secured in eight states, as per public records.

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