Social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, said Tuesday it will test a new subscription model that would charge a $1 annual fee for basic features.
The new subscription, called “Not a Bot,” will charge users for likes, reposts or bookmarking posts from other accounts on the web version of the platform.
The aim of introducing the new subscription model is to combat bots and spammers, X said, adding that fees will vary from country to country based on exchange rates.
X said the new method will be available first to users in New Zealand and the Philippines.
Within this test, existing users are not affected. But new users who don’t want to subscribe will only be able to view and read posts, watch videos and follow accounts.
Bots have been a contentious issue for Elon Musk, who acquired the company last year. In July, X introduced a limit on viewing tweets, to “ensure the authenticity” of its user base.
Earlier this month, Reuters, citing a source, reported that X CEO Linda Yacarino met with X’s creditors, in which she said the company would increase the number of ads it shows to users. will be testing three tiers of its subscription service based on