Elon Musk shared plans for the development of the social network X (formerly Twitter) during an online meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The head of the network resource said that in the future the platform will switch to a subscription monetization model, which will help eliminate the activity of a huge army of bots. At the same time, Musk did not provide any information about the details of the innovation, including the cost of the subscription and the impact of this decision on the functionality of the platform.
According to Musk, Social Network X currently has 550 million monthly active users who create 100 to 200 million posts per day. However, he did not provide any information about how many of these were real users and how many were bots, nor did he make a comparison with Twitter’s previous performance before the acquisition.
The focus of the conversation was the discussion of the risks of artificial intelligence and the prospects for its state regulation. However, the dialogue could not circumvent current issues related to content moderation on the X platform.
Musk categorically rejected allegations that his social network was a platform for spreading hate speech and assured that the company was making every effort to combat such manifestations.
Since buying Twitter for $44 billion in late October last year, Musk has made a series of changes, making massive staff cuts and reactivating previously suspended accounts, sparking criticism from security experts. To combat bots, changes have also been made to the account verification system: now users who have paid for a subscription will see a blue icon next to their name, and the messages they publish will receive priority in other users’ feeds.
The transition to a subscription system, according to Elon Musk, is a step that will help combat the problem of bots on Platform X and enable better interaction between users. However, this strategy raises concerns about the possibility of reduced audience participation and violation of freedom of expression.