Musk's X Is Testing A $1 'Not A Bot' Fee To Post On The Site Formerly Known As Twitter
If you have an existing account, you are currently safe from the new fee. However, anyone signing up for X from the web in New Zealand and the Philippines will have to pay up front to use Twitter. And it's not just the cash—the new subscription method also requires signups in those countries to verify a phone number to create an account. After signup, these new users (or bots) will be able to view content but won't have the option to tweet, retweet, like, reply, or bookmark content unless they pay the Not A Bot fee.
"This new program aims to defend against bots and spammers who attempt to manipulate the platform and disrupt the experience of other X users," says an article published in the X help center. The actual cost of the program will vary based on local current prices. At present, it's $1.43 NZD or ₱42.51 PHP per year. A low price, yes, but it's still a price tag attached to something that used to be free. It's not even clear that this effort will keep the bots and trolls out.
Since taking over Twitter, Musk has made numerous contentious changes, including rebranding it to X and removing the verification system. He's also changed the site's algorithms to promote content from paid accounts, but it's unclear if Not A Bot subscribers will get any special treatment. The site will most likely continue upselling these users on a premium subscription, which includes the blue checkmark that used to mean something in the pre-Musk era.
Starting today, we're testing a new program (Not A Bot) in New Zealand and the Philippines. New, unverified accounts will be required to sign up for a $1 annual subscription to be able to post & interact with other posts. Within this test, existing users are not affected.— Support (@Support) October 17, 2023