18 Oct 2023

X Twitter starts charging annual fee from new users in 2 countries

Elon Musk's social media company X (formerly Twitter) has started charging an annual fee of one dollar from new users in New Zealand and the Philippines.

According to reports, currently it has been started as a trial and users paying this fee will be able to avail some of the key features of X. 

Apart from tweeting and retweeting, users paying subscription fee will also be able to like posts and reply to them. Users who choose not to pay this subscription fee will only be able to read others' posts, watch videos, and follow other handles.

X says that its purpose is to reduce spam, prevent misuse of the platform and curb bot activity. New accounts will also have to verify their phone number.

Bots are automated Twitter accounts

Twitter bots are automated Twitter accounts that are set up with bot software. They're programmed to perform tasks that resemble those of everyday Twitter users such as liking tweets, but their purpose is to tweet and retweet content for specific goals on a large scale.

However, Elon Musk has said that 'read-only' can be created without any subscription fee and will not have any major features.

Only last month, Elon Musk, owner of X, Tesla and SpaceX, had indicated that all X users may have to pay a subscription fee to remain on its platform.

Elon Musk has been saying that the step of charging subscription fees from users is being taken to deal with bots.

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