In his conversation with Netanyahu on Monday, Elon Musk said X may require payment from all its users, unlike the current model where subscription fees only give users access to additional features. According to the tech mogul, who also owns SpaceX and Tesla, erecting paywalls would keep bots away from it.
"We're moving to a low-monthly payment model for using the system," Musk said, explaining that setting up bots and fake accounts costs pennies, and by requiring payment for each account, he hopes to keep out fake accounts that will now cost more due to the requirement for basic subscription fees. Musk also noted that every time someone wants to set up a fake account or bot, they will have to provide another payment method, which will be an additional barrier.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the start of meeting with entrepreneur Elon Musk, September 18, 2023/Avi Ohayon, Roy Avraham, Yehezkel Kandil - Government Press Office
According to Musk, X, or once Twitter, has 550 million users, generating 200 million posts a day. It should also be noted that Musk's conversation with Netanyahu was supposed to revolve around artificial intelligence, but quickly spilled over into topics such as antisemitism and free speech, amid accusations that X/Twitter is not doing enough to clear hate speech from the platform.
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