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Elon Musk trials $1 subscription signup fee for new X users in New Zealand, Philippines
cointelegraph.com
X, formerly known as Twitter, is testing a signup model wherein new users will have to either pay to become a verified enterprise account, opt into an X premium subscription, or pay a $1 annual fee to prove they’re not a bot. The trial, which began on Oct. 17, is currently only applicable to new use
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Elon Musk's social media platform, X (formerly known as Twitter), is testing a new signup model in New Zealand and the Philippines. New users will have to pay a $1 annual fee to prove they are not a bot, opt into a premium subscription, or become a verified enterprise account. The trial, called "Not A Bot," aims to reduce spam and manipulation on the platform. Users who pay the fee will have additional features, while those who don't will have limited access. It is unclear how X will measure the effectiveness of the trial.

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  • X, formerly known as Twitter, is testing a signup model wherein new users will have to either pay to become a verified enterprise account, opt into an X premium subscription, or pay a $1 annual fee to prove they’re not a bot. The trial, which began on Oct. 17, is currently only applicable to new users in New Zealand and the Philippines.  The exper...
  • “As of October 17th, 2023 we’ve started testing ‘Not A Bot’, a new subscription method for new users in two countries. This new test was developed to bolster our already significant efforts to reduce spam, manipulation of our platform and bot activity.” The post goes on to state that “new users” who pay the $1 subscription fee “will be able to perf...
  • t’s unclear at this time exactly how X intends to determine the effectiveness of the “Not A Bot” trial. Cointelegraph’s request for commentary from the company solicited an immediate response of “busy now, please check back later.”  Previous research on the nature of social media “bots” has revealed the term to be nebulous. According to one study,...

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