Elon Musk has made drastic changes to X (formerly Twitter) since taking over the service last year. After introducing the premium X Blue membership, Musk seems to be planning to make X a subscription-only service.
Elon Musk recently sat down for a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (via last date) where he proposed making each user pay a small monthly fee to use X. He also said that it is still under discussion, so there is no word on when he plans to launch the subscription-only model.
Musk also noted that the subscription will cost less than the X Blue membership that is currently offered as a benefit to users and comes with additional features as well as a verified check mark.
We want it to be just a small amount of money. It’s a longer discussion, but to me it’s the only defense against massive bot armies, because as AI gets really good, it’s actually able to pass these kinds of CAPTCHAs better than humans.
Musk believes the subscription-only model will remove bots from the platform as AI becomes smart enough to be able to pass CAPTCHA tests. In the same discussion, Musk also addressed the issue of freedom of speech that has been a cause for concern recently on the platform.
Freedom of speech sometimes means that someone you don’t like says something you don’t like. If you don’t have that, then it’s not free speech. This does not mean that you should push some kind of negativity on people, because for platform X, unless it is interesting, entertaining, attractive, then we will lose users. People won’t want to use our system if they find it unpleasant.
Musk has been working hard to navigate the various issues surrounding X since the purchase late last year. With the company facing lawsuits from former employees, advertisers leaving the platform, a security breach that allowed anyone to see Twitter Circle tweets and multiple outages, it’s been a rough ride for Musk’s latest experiment.