In a revolutionary move to combat spam and bot activity, Elon Musk's social media platform, X (formerly known as Twitter), has announced a new trial that requires new users to pay for basic features, including message posting.
According to reports from The Standard and The Hollywood Reporter, this test aims to "reduce spam, manipulation of our platform and bot activity". The decision comes after Musk encouraged users to sign up for X Premium as a means of reducing spam and scam activity on the platform, as reported by CNN.
X has begun charging a $1 fee to new users in select markets, including the Philippines and New Zealand, as reported by WLNS. This test is designed to cut down on spam and fake accounts flourishing on the platform.
Furthermore, X is testing a new subscription plan called "Not a Bot" in an attempt to fight spam and bots, according to Rolling Stone.
Despite the innovative approach, X has been under fire recently, with a top European Union official stating that the platform is the biggest source of fake news, as reported by AP News.
As X continues to evolve its strategies to ensure user safety and platform integrity, it remains to be seen how this new trial will impact user growth and engagement. The platform's proactive measures to tackle spam and misinformation, however, highlight an ongoing commitment to improve the online communication landscape.