Elon Musk floats charging a “small monthly” payment for using X, formerly Twitter – Deadline | ET REALITY


Elon Musk said that X, formerly known as Twitter, is moving toward a “small monthly payment system” because “it’s the only way I can think of to combat large armies of robots.”

In a conversation Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Musk suggested it would be a lower-tier pricing structure than his $8-a-month Twitter Blue, his premium subscription service.

“We want it to be just a small amount of money,” Musk said. “It’s a longer discussion, but in my opinion this is the only defense against large armies of robots, because as AI gets very, very good, it is actually able to pass these types of CAPTCHA tests better than humans “.

Musk has long complained about X/Twitter’s battle against bots, but he has also reportedly considered putting the social media platform behind a paywall since shortly after he bought it last year.

His statements also come at a time when the company is facing a loss in advertising revenue. Musk wrote in July that the company had seen a nearly 50% drop in advertising revenue, in addition to a heavy debt load.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu urged Musk to try to push back against anti-Semitism on his platform. “That doesn’t stop him from coming out as he has done in every possible forum and condemning anti-Semitism,” he said.

Last month, Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League, alleging that it was making “baseless allegations” that anti-Semitism was allowed to spread on the platform while Musk restored accounts. ADL Executive Director Jonathan Greenblatt told CNN that “what is alarming is the rise of anti-Semitism across the country. We have to look at the bigger picture here. Literally, anti-Jewish acts have reached historic levels in the United States. The highest number we have seen in more than 40 years of monitoring.”

In his interview with Netanyahu, Musk said that “freedom of speech sometimes means that someone you don’t like is saying something you don’t like. If you don’t have that, then it’s not freedom of speech. That doesn’t mean that some kind of negativity should be imposed on people, because for platform X, unless it is interesting, entertaining and engaging, we will lose users. “People won’t want to use our system if they find it unpleasant.”

Netanyahu asked Musk if it was possible to prevent the use of bots “so at least if you have one crazy guy and one hateful guy, let him speak with one voice instead of an army of fake millions.”

“Absolutely,” Musk said.

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