X Tests 'Not A Bot' Program That Charges New Users $1/Year to Post

X, the social network formerly known as Twitter, today announced that it is testing a "Not A Bot" program that charges new, unverified users $1 per year to post and interact with content on X.

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Not A Bot is being tested in New Zealand and the Phillipines at the current time, and it only applies to new users. The X support account says that existing users are not affected "within this test."

Charging users $1 per year is meant to "reduce spam, manipulation of [the X] platform, and bot activity." X claims that subscription options have "proven to be the main solution that works at scale" to combat these issues.

This new program aims to defend against bots and spammers who attempt to manipulate the platform and disrupt the experience of other X users. We look forward to sharing more about the results soon.

All new accounts in New Zealand and the Philippines will be required to verify a phone number and then pay a $1 USD fee to create posts, reply, repost, quote posts, and bookmark posts. New users who do not pay the fee will only be able to read posts, watch videos, and follow accounts.

There is no word yet on whether Not A Bot will be expanded to additional countries and to users who have already signed up for X but have declined to pay the monthly fee for a premium subscription.

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NC12 Avatar
8 months ago

Elon knows what he's doing.
No he does not
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rushmere Avatar
8 months ago
Alternative take: "Create as much spam and hate speech as you like for only $1 per year!".
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8 months ago
I wouldn’t pay 1 penny to join them…
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8 months ago
No way I'm giving Twitter my credit card information
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Wowfunhappy Avatar
8 months ago

Didn't many people say X would be dead by now? Maybe perhaps, Elon knows what he's doing.

Can't wait for the "surely they're going to die from this new thing" comments.
I am admittedly a little surprised it's still online at all after they fired basically everyone.
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herocero Avatar
8 months ago

Didn't many people say X would be dead by now? Maybe perhaps, Elon knows what he's doing.

Can't wait for the "surely they're going to die from this new thing" comments. One more year should do it! ?
Swing and a miss. Go find out what his investors have done to write down the value of X. Here’s a hint: Fidelity is an investor and has already devalued it by over half. Elon has already stated ad revenue is down over 50%. But sure, he knows what he’s doing …
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