X is testing Not A Bot, which charges new users $1 per year to post

By Julie Clover

X, the social network formerly known as Twitter, today announced that it is testing Not A Bot, a program that charges new, unverified users $1 per year to post and interact with content on X.

Not A Bot is currently being tested in New Zealand and the Philippines, and is only being rolled out to new users. X's support account states that existing users are not affected by “this test.”

Charging users $1 per year is intended to “reduce spam, manipulation of the [X] platform, and bot activity.” X says subscription options have “proved to be a core solution that works at scale” to combat these issues.

This new program aims to protect against bots and spammers who try to manipulate the platform and disrupt the work of other X users. We look forward to sharing the results soon.

All new accounts in New Zealand and the Philippines will be required to verify their phone number and then pay a $1 fee for creating publications. Reply, repost, quote messages and bookmark messages. New users who have not paid a fee will only be able to read messages, watch videos, and follow accounts.

It is not yet known whether Not A Bot will expand to additional countries and to users who have already subscribed to X but opted out pay a monthly fee for a premium subscription.

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