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Elon Musk Proposes New Payment Requirements for Posting on X to Combat Bots

Elon Musk, the new owner of the platform formerly known as Twitter, now X, has introduced a contentious plan requiring new users to pay for the ability to post, in an attempt to address the platform's disappointments with premium subscriptions and growing bot issues.
Since Musk's acquisition of the platform at the end of 2022, despite ambitious promises to tackle the bot infestation that plagued the platform even before his takeover, challenges persist. In a notable early move, Musk essentially abolished the verification system symbolized by the blue check mark, a status previously earned through a vetting process. Now, access to this status and other premium features can be purchased, raising questions about the effectiveness of these measures in combating spam.

Over a year into these changes, Musk, seemingly acknowledging the inadequacies of previous efforts, has proposed that new users pay to post, specifically framing this as a strategy to root out bots. This revelation came through a post on X's official channel, highlighted by Gizmodo. Musk claims this fee is essential in curbing the dissemination of spam bots, though details on how this fee will impede spam and what constitutes a "small amount" remain vague.

Moreover, the execution plan is mired in confusion. Musk mentions that new users would only need to pay this fee for the first three months of posting. However, the mention of an "annual fee" in the description adds to the ambiguity.

This latest development amplifies the turmoil surrounding X, leaving the platform's future uncertain. Observers are now left to wonder whether this move will stabilize the diminishing user base or signal the final decline of the once-dominant social media giant.
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