Elon Musk, in a recent live-streamed conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dropped a bombshell that could reshape the landscape of social media.
Musk, the visionary behind SpaceX and Tesla, hinted at the possibility of implementing a subscription-based model for X, (formerly known as Twitter)
During the discussion, which initially focused on artificial intelligence (AI), Musk unveiled his plan to introduce a "small monthly payment" for using the X platform.
While the specifics of the subscription cost and its launch date remain undisclosed, Musk clarified that this move aims to tackle the persistent issue of automated bots plaguing the platform.
X, which was acquired by Musk's company for a staggering 44 billion dollars in October 2022, has been undergoing substantial transformations under his leadership.
These changes include the introduction of Twitter Blue, a subscription service offering premium privileges for a monthly fee of 8 dollars.
Notably, this potential subscription-based model for X comes against a backdrop of controversies surrounding the platform's enforcement of hate speech.
Critics have accused X of rolling back its measures against hate speech, leading to concerns about the platform's commitment to free speech.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, while praising Musk's dedication to free expression, urged him to take action against antisemitism on the platform.
In response, Musk expressed his opposition to hate speech and his commitment to promoting a better future for humanity.
The proposed subscription fee could be a strategic move to balance free speech with measures to combat harmful content.
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