X, previously Twitter, introduced immediately that’s beginning a brand new experiment to cost a $1 per yr price for “new unverified” customers to work together with posts. The corporate stated this take a look at is presently stay in New Zealand and the Philippines and present customers received’t be affected.
Customers will get to submit content material, like, repost, reply, bookmark, and quote posts for paying that price. New free customers will simply get a read-only account to have a look at posts and observe accounts.
The corporate’s help account clarified that this “Not A bot” program just isn’t a revenue driver — but it surely’s onerous to take cause at face worth. The Elon Musk-owned firm stated that this program will assist it cut back spam.
“This new take a look at was developed to bolster our already profitable efforts to cut back spam, manipulation of our platform, and bot exercise whereas balancing platform accessibility with the small price quantity. It’s not a revenue driver,” the corporate stated.
On its support page, the corporate stated it is going to share the outcomes of this system’s effectiveness to battle spam.
The transfer comes after Musk stated that X is planning to cost customers “a small month-to-month cost” to make use of its service. Whereas the cost within the take a look at program is annual, ethos is similar.
In June, X (which was Twitter at the moment) began requiring customers to log into the location to view posts. Days later the platform withdrew this requirement and allowed logged-out customers to have a look at posts.
A latest report from market intelligence agency Simialrweb means that site visitors on X has dipped one yr after Musk’s $44 billion acquisition. The corporate has been taking drastic measures to chop prices and begin incomes a revenue.
Final month, the corporate’s CEO, Linda Yaccarino, stated in an interview that X might be worthwhile in 2024. Throughout the interview, the previous NBCU exec sidestepped the query about X’s plans to cost a price to customers.
X presently has just one $8 monthly paid plan. Nonetheless, in line with lately found code, the corporate may introduce three premium tiers with one being totally ad-free.
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