X, formerly known as Twitter, has been grappling with declining revenue and user counts since its rebranding, coupled with the departure of advertisers from the platform. Despite the introduction of premium subscriptions, which aimed to bolster finances, X is now considering a controversial approach to generate revenue.

Recent findings from X Updated Radar reveal a potential shift towards charging users for basic functionalities such as liking tweets, bookmarking, and replying. These changes, spotted in text strings, suggest a new policy where users would incur a small annual fee for accessing these features. This policy has already been implemented in certain regions like the Philippines and New Zealand.

Elon Musk, the owner of X, has confirmed this shift, citing the need to combat the rising tide of bots on the platform. Musk argues that AI-powered bots and troll farms easily circumvent captcha tests, necessitating a financial barrier for users to deter their proliferation.

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However, this decision could provoke backlash from existing users and deter potential newcomers, potentially exacerbating the platform’s challenges. Musk’s history with feature implementations on X, often followed by swift removal due to negative consequences, adds to the uncertainty surrounding this move.

It’s noteworthy that Musk has consistently criticized the prevalence of bots on X, even flagging their presence as attempts to undermine his efforts to privatize the platform in 2022.

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