By using our website, you agree to the use of our cookies.



  • days
  • Hours
  • Minutes
  • Seconds
🇳🇬 👍 🇳🇬
Elon Musk says X might charge users ‘small amount of money to combat vast armies of bots’

Elon Musk says X might charge users ‘small amount of money to combat vast armies of bots’


Elon Musk said X, formerly Twitter, could be rolling out a paywall to all its users.

Musk says the move was critical to help deal with bots on the platform.


The billionaire did not give specifics but said X would charge “just a small amount of money.

“The single most important reason that we are moving to having a small monthly payment for the use of the X system, is it is the only way I could think of to combat vast armies of bots,” Musk said during a live stream on X with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

Musk told Netanyahu that having a payment system and prioritizing premium users’ posts would help minimize the influence of bots.


“Because a bot costs a fraction of a penny, call it a tenth of a penny, but even if it has to pay a few dollars or something, some minor amount, the effective cost of bots is very high,” Musk said.

Musk said he believes the paywall is critical if X is to deal with bots on the platform.

“We are actually going to come up with a lower tier pricing. We want it to be just a small amount of money,” Musk said. “It’s a longer discussion but this is actually the only defense against armies of bots.”

This isn’t the first time the billionaire has considered having a paywall for all X users.


Musk had discussed the idea with one of his advisers, venture capitalist David Sacks, last year, according to a report from the tech newsletter Platformer.

Musk has introduced a flurry of changes to the platform since he bought it in October 2022.

Besides renaming Twitter to X, Musk replaced the platform’s legacy verified program — the blue ticks that verify the authenticity of famous personalities — with the Twitter Blue subscription program in March.


The changes are part of Musk’s attempts to put the platform on a path toward profitability. In July, the billionaire said in an X post that the company was in a difficult financial position.

“We’re still negative cash flow, due to ~50% drop in advertising revenue plus heavy debt load,” Musk said in his July post. “Need to reach positive cash flow before we have the luxury of anything else.”

Representatives for X did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider sent outside regular business hours.

Kwan Wei Kevin Tan


Contents provided and/or opinions expressed here do not reflect the opinions of The Pacesetter Frontier Magazine or any employee thereof.

Support The Pacesetter Frontier Magazine

It takes a lot to get credible, true and reliable stories.

As a privately owned media outfit, we believe in setting the pace and leaving strides in time.

If you like what we do, you can donate a token to us here. Your support will ensure that the right news is put out there at all times, reaching an unlimited number of persons at no cost to them.

Related posts

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *