In an effort to reduce the amount of spam and fraudulent accounts that are proliferating on the website formerly known as Twitter, Elon Musk’s social media platform X has started to charge new users in the Philippines and New Zealand $1 as part of a test.
Late on Tuesday, the business said that it had begun experimenting with the annual subscription approach for fresh and unverified users. The Not a Bot program won’t be applicable to current users. It’s unclear as to why New Zealand and the Philippines are the only two nations to which it applies.
In addition to our existing effective measures to combat spam, platform manipulation, and bot activity, this additional test was created to strike a balance between platform accessibility and the modest charge amount, the X support account tweeted.
“It does not drive profits.” Since Musk acquired X a year ago, he has made a number of changes, including renaming the platform and laying off all of its employees, including the group in charge of content moderation.
After the Israel-Hamas conflict broke out, according to outside watchdog organizations, the platform’s misinformation problem emerged.
Musk previously used premium memberships as a strategy to increase the revenue of the platform’s faltering business.
One of his first product moves was to establish a business that would issue checks to anyone willing to pay $8 per month, upending the website’s blue check verification mechanism.
Days after the introduction, a deluge of fake accounts caused the service’s temporary suspension.
New subscribers participating in the test will have access to fundamental features including posting, liking, or bookmarking posts, as well as reposting, quoting, or commenting on posts from other accounts. The company stated that new users will only be able to read posts, watch videos, and follow other accounts if they do not subscribe.