Twitter, now X, is shifting to month-to-month subscriptions, Musk says

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, arrives for a bipartisan US Senate discussion board on synthetic intelligence on the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on September 13, 2023.

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Elon Musk mentioned his plans for Twitter, now referred to as X, on Monday throughout a live-streamed dialog with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Amongst different issues, Musk mentioned the social community is “shifting to taking a small month-to-month cost for utilizing System X” as a way to fight “big armies of bots.”

Musk didn’t point out the price of the brand new plan for customers of the social community, or what different options will or won’t be included with cost on the decrease degree.

Through the livestream, Musk additionally revealed some new metrics from X, saying it now has 550 million “month-to-month customers,” who generate 100 million to 200 million engagements each day.

Musk didn’t reveal the variety of actual month-to-month customers of the corporate, in comparison with robots. It additionally didn’t conduct a complete comparability with the metrics Twitter had beforehand used. In Might 2022, earlier than Musk’s acquisition, Twitter reported that it had an “common each day lively monetizable use” of 229 million.

The intention of the dialogue with Netanyahu was to give attention to the theoretical dangers of AI expertise, and the way AI ought to be regulated. Nevertheless, Musk has additionally used it to counter the notion that his social community tolerates hate speech and anti-Semitism.

The assembly adopted widespread criticism of Musk by civil rights teams for amplifying bigotry on his social community, together with anti-Semitic accounts, content material and conspiracies.

In current weeks, Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish-led group, alleging they tried to “kill” his social community. Musk blamed ADL, not his enterprise selections, for X’s 60% income drop and mentioned he had “no selection” however to file a defamation swimsuit towards the group.

Musk and X Corp haven’t filed. No lawsuit is thought but towards the ADL, and they didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Earlier than his assembly with Netanyahu, Musk additionally accused George Soros’s basis of eager to “destroy” Western civilization. The Hungarian-American Jewish philanthropist is the founding father of the Open Society Foundations, which donates to quite a lot of civil society teams, and is the topic of quite a few anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

On his social media platform, Musk has repeatedly disparaged transgender folks, federal regulators, politicians, journalists, whistleblowers, critics of his corporations, and quick sellers. Regardless of this historical past, Musk advised Netanyahu on Monday: “I am towards attacking any group, you understand. It would not matter who it’s.” Referring to his aim of humanity changing into a “space-faring civilization,” he mentioned: “We won’t try this if there’s plenty of infighting and, you understand, hate and negativity.”

After buying Twitter for about $44 billion in late October, Musk carried out large workers cuts and sweeping adjustments to the platform. He continues to run the corporate as its largest shareholder, CTO and CEO, and can also be CEO of automaker Tesla and aerospace firm SpaceX.

Amongst different adjustments, it granted “amnesty” to accounts that had beforehand been suspended — a transfer strongly criticized by on-line security and hate speech consultants. Underneath his course, the platform restored the account of former President Donald Trump, who had beforehand been banned by Twitter for encouraging the Capitol rebellion on January 6, 2021. Musk’s Twitter account additionally restored the private accounts of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and neo-Nazi website founder Andrew Anglin.

Musk additionally eradicated Twitter’s “blue” verification system, which helped customers determine actual accounts belonging to public figures together with celebrities, elected officers, scientists, authors, leaders in enterprise and schooling, working journalists and others.

Underneath the social community’s present system, paying customers can show a blue subscriber badge subsequent to their title. Those that pay see their posts take precedence in different customers’ feeds. Those that do not pay are moved to decrease ranges of amplification for his or her posts or might even see much less engagement on the platform. On Monday, Musk reiterated his perception that changing customers to paid subscribers would make deploying bots on the platform cumbersome and unaffordable.

X is at the moment attempting to acquire licenses to grow to be a cash sender throughout the US. In line with public data, it has already acquired permission to take action in 8 states.

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