Elon Musk Suggests Twitter May No Longer Be Free: Plans to Introduce Monthly Payment for X System to Combat Bots

The Idea of Introducing Paid Subscription for X by Elon Musk


Elon Musk, the innovative leader of X, has recently caused a stir in the online community by proposing a subscription-based model for the well-known platform. In a frank discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, streamed live on Monday, Musk revealed his intention to transition X from a free service to one that necessitates a small monthly fee. This significant change aims to address the persistent problem of bots that have been causing issues on the platform.

Musk’s Plan to Keep X Bot-Free

“It’s the only strategy I can think of to tackle the massive numbers of bots,” Musk explained sincerely. He went on to explain, “Because a bot costs a fraction of a penny — let’s say a tenth of a penny — but even if it has to pay… a few dollars or something, the effective cost of bots is very high.” Musk’s reasoning behind this shift is straightforward: implementing a subscription fee would create a substantial barrier for bot creators, discouraging them from producing these automated accounts in large numbers.

While Musk did not specify the exact amount of this new subscription fee, he described it as a “small sum of money.” This vague pricing approach leaves room for speculation and excitement among X users and onlookers.

Revealing Impressive X Statistics

In the same conversation, Musk shared some compelling statistics about X’s current user base. X now boasts an impressive 550 million monthly users who collectively generate between 100 to 200 million posts each day. However, a crucial detail remains unclear: whether Musk’s figures encompass automated accounts, including both benign bots such as news feeds and troublesome ones like spammers.

Furthermore, Musk’s data did not allow for a direct comparison with Twitter’s user base before his involvement. Twitter typically measured user engagement using a metric known as the “average monetizable daily active user,” or mDAU, representing users who could be monetized through ad views. In the first quarter of 2022, Twitter reported 229 million mDAUs, providing a benchmark for assessment.

Elon Musk Suggests Twitter May No Longer Be Free__

The Continued Push for X Premium

Musk hinted at the possibility of implementing charges for X without specifying a concrete timeline for the change. Since assuming control of the platform, he has actively promoted the subscription service X Premium (previously known as Twitter Blue). Priced at $8 per month or $84 per year, this service offers various attractive features. Subscribers can edit their posts, encounter fewer ads, receive priority in searches and conversations, compose longer posts, and enjoy other perksLast year, Platformer.

Despite these incentives, X has not disclosed the number of paid subscribers it has attracted. Research suggests that X Premium has yet to win over a majority of X’s user base, with only 827,615 current subscribers, for example.

An Idea That Isn’t Entirely New

The concept of placing X behind a paywall is not entirely foreign to Musk. It was previously reported by Platformer that Musk had been pondering the idea of making all of X’s content accessible solely through a paid subscription.

Emphasizing AI and Addressing Hate Speech

While Musk’s conversation with Netanyahu predominantly revolved around AI technology and its regulation, addressing hate speech on X was also unavoidable. Musk reiterated his stance, stating, “I oppose antisemitism” and “anything that fuels hate and conflict.” This affirmation came in response to recent allegations of antisemitism against Musk and X, prompting him to consider legal action against the Anti-Defamation League.

As the potential for paid subscriptions on X looms, X users and the wider digital community eagerly anticipate further details regarding this significant change in the social media landscape. Elon Musk’s ambitious vision for X has the potential to usher in a new era, challenging the conventional idea of free access to digital platforms and offering a possible solution to the enduring issue of bots.

About the Author

Mark Hussey
Mark Hussey is a prolific author and distinguished scholar of modernism, with extensive experience in literary analysis and research.