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How does Elon Musk plan to take on the bots on X?

Answer: By putting up a paywall.

A smartphone showing the X app in the Apple Store. In the background behind the phone is the old Twitter logo in white on a light blue background.
It’s a universal truth that no one likes bots on the Internet, but they’re a problem that we’re still struggling to solve. Social media platform X (formerly Twitter) has a serious problem with bots, but owner Elon Musk might have a solution. He recently suggested that the company might start charging all its users.

“We’re moving to having a small monthly payment for use of the system,” Musk reportedly said in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He noted that charging a monthly subscription would make it cost-prohibitive for bad actors to create multiple automated accounts. “Plus, every time a bot creator wanted to make another bot, they would need another new payment method,” he added.

Musk may want to proceed with caution though, because if there’s one thing the Internet hates as much as bots, it's paywalls. At this time, X has not released any official comments on plans to start charging its user base, so for now it’s just speculation. But this is Elon Musk, so there’s no telling what might happen next.