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X, formerly Twitter, tests charging new users $1 to tweet, retweet


X, formerly Twitter, will begin a test that charges new users $1 annually in order to “post & interact with other posts,” the company said in a recent post.


The social media platform said Tuesday evening the move is part of its efforts to combat spam and bot activity. The annual subscription is part of a program the company is calling “Not A Bot,” and will be first tested in New Zealand and the Philippines.


Elon Musk previously said the company planned to move to a subscription fee model in September. X said the changes are not a profit driver.


Users who are unable or unwilling to pay the annual fee will only be able to view posts and follow accounts, the company said. Excess bot activity has been a consistent rallying cry for Musk since before he acquired the company in October 2022.