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Elon Musk plans to charge users a monthly fee to access X

Elon Musk has announced plans to introduce fees for users of the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, now rebranded as X, according to a report from Sky News. Sky News reported that the billionaire entrepreneur revealed the company would introduce a “small monthly payment” in a bid to combat the proliferation of fake accounts and “vast armies of bots”, during an online chat. directly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

The move could potentially put an end to a popular meme on the platform, where users humorously remark “this website is free” when coming across particularly noteworthy posts, the report added.

X already offers a premium subscription – 900 ₹ per month or 9,400 ₹ per year on iOS and Android, and 650 ₹ per month and 6,400 ₹ per year on the website – which includes advantages such as a checkpoint and the ability to write longer articles. , modify existing ones and place them first in search results.

During the livestream with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Musk emphasized his commitment to “freedom of expression” and expressed his vision of humanity becoming a “space civilization.” He argued that such a goal would be unachievable if “infighting” and “hatred” persisted.
Additionally, Musk revealed that X currently has 550 million “monthly users” and generates between 100 million and 200 million posts daily. Despite competition from smaller platforms like Bluesky and Mastodon, as well as Meta’s Threads app, X has maintained its popularity.
Elon Musk has focused on monetizing X’s user base, particularly due to a decline in advertiser spending stemming from concerns over its moderation policies. His long-term plan for the platform is to transform it into a “multi-purpose app” capable of handling various functions, including video calls and payments, similar to China’s WeChat.

The conversation between Musk and Prime Minister Netanyahu took place during the latter’s visit to California, which sparked protests. The Israeli politician has faced significant opposition in his home country over proposed changes to the justice system, with critics saying the changes could undermine the system of checks and balances.

Musk also met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York, although precise details of that meeting are not available.