X introduces $1 subscription fee

X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, has introduced a $1 annual subscription fee for new users in New Zealand and the Philippines. This move is part of a program called "Not A Bot," aimed at combating spam, manipulation, and bot activity on the platform24. The subscription fee grants access to key functions including tweeting, replying, retweeting, liking, reposting, quoting posts, and bookmarking2. New users are required to verify their accounts with a phone number before paying the annual fee4. Those who opt not to subscribe will have access to a "read-only" version of the platform, allowing them to read posts, watch videos, and follow accounts24. The new charge is currently a beta program, and users who sign up must agree to a recurring subscription payment2. Existing users are not affected by this change2. The decision to implement this fee comes from the belief that raising the cost of an account could deter the creation of bot accounts2. This new program is in addition to X's main subscription of $8 a month4. The company has not explained why the new $1 subscription is only for new users joining via the web and not the mobile app, or why the "Not A Bot" program is only being rolled out in two countries4. Elon Musk, the owner of X, has previously considered charging all users to address the issue of fake accounts5. However, the current plan is restricted to new users2. Since Musk's acquisition of X, he has introduced several controversial changes to the platform, including the introduction of the X premium blue tick product, which costs $11 a month in the US for iPhones2.
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