May 19, 2024
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Musk’s Plan to Charge New X Users to Post Faces Doubts Over Bot Control

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced a potential plan to charge new users a fee for tweeting on his microblogging platform X as a means to curb ongoing spam problems and the onslaught of crypto-scam-touting bots. However, some remain sceptical about the effectiveness of this strategy.

Source: Elon Musk

Charging New Users to Tweet

Musk announced on April 15 that new users may be required to pay a small fee for write access on X. He believes this is the only way to counteract the relentless flood of bots.

According to Musk, a fee for new users would make it harder for bots and “troll farms” to manipulate the platform.

The proposal could lead to new users being charged for basic functions such as posting, replying, liking, or bookmarking a post.

This policy had previously been trialled in New Zealand and the Philippines in October, where new users were required to pay $1 for the “Not A Bot” subscription method.

“This won’t stop bots completely, but it will be 1000X harder to manipulate the platform,” said Musk at the time.

Concerns About Bot Prevention

Despite Musk’s intentions, many have expressed doubts about the effectiveness of charging new users to tweet.

Blockchain investigator ZachXBT questioned the method, pointing out that business-verified scam accounts are still prevalent and scammers are willing to pay high prices for these accounts.

“There is an entire black market for these accounts,” said ZachXBT, who shared an example of a dubious verified account promoting suspicious links.

Critics argue that the primary issue is not the creation of new accounts, but rather the platform’s inability to effectively terminate fake and scam accounts. Many of these problematic accounts have been active for years.

Implications for New User Growth and Platform Manipulation

Some worry that the potential fees could hinder new user growth on the platform. Additionally, concerns have been raised about how the ability to purchase verification status may have inadvertently facilitated scams on X.

In late March, Musk announced that accounts with 2,500 verified subscribers as followers would no longer need to pay for “Premium” features. This may have opened the door for scammers, according to Cointelegraph.

Earlier this month, X began a “significant, proactive initiative to eliminate accounts that violate our rules against platform manipulation and spam.”

As Musk and X continue to grapple with the issue of bots and spam accounts, the efficacy of charging new users to tweet remains a subject of debate.


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