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Elon Musk to Charge Nominal Fee for X users

X now has 550 million monthly users, who generate 100 to 200 million posts every day

The owner of X (formerly Twitter), Elon Musk, says that the online platform might begin to charge users a monthly fee.

He disclosed that the idea was needed to reduce the number of bot operations on the platform.

The conversation was in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu at Musk’s Tesla office in Fremont, California

The prime minister asked Musk about antisemitism and how X could prevent bots from spreading hate speech on the platform.

In his response, Musk said X would require users to pay a small monthly fee because he believed that it was the only way to combat the large number of bots on the platform.

Bots are common on X and are run by computer programs rather than actual people.

They are an issue because, without human interference, they can spread messages, whether they are political or racial.

However, Musk hasn’t said what the new subscription payment would cost, but he described it as a “small amount of money.”

Since Elon Musk bought the social media platform in April 2022 for $44 billion, he’s been making a lot of changes, which include renaming it from Twitter to “X.”.

Writing by Emmanuella Okeiyi, editing by Juliet Onwurah