Elon Musk said Monday that social media.
Musk made the comments during a live chat with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who asked the billionaire to better combat anti-Semitism on the platform. Musk then unveiled the paywall proposal as a way to reduce the number of bots that can be used to amplify hate speech.
“It’s the only way I can think of to fight vast armies of robots,” Musk said, describing the fee as a “small monthly payment” of a few dollars. Implementing this proposal would make the effective cost of robots “very high,” Musk added. “Plus, every time a bot creator wanted to create another bot, they needed another new payment method.”
X has undergone vast changes under Musk’s leadership, including the rollout of the Twitter Blue verification system, which has already placed many previously free features behind a paywall. Free users can now only see a limited number of posts per day, and the popular TweetDeck service is now exclusively available to paid accounts.
Musk said Monday that X has about 550 million monthly users. Twitter Blue costs about $8 a month in the United States, but it’s unclear whether a notable portion of the platform’s total users have signed up for the service, part of Musk’s effort to get the site bring back money.
Musk’s conversation with Netanyahu comes just weeks after he threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League – which fights hatred against Jewish people. Musk claimed the organization falsely accused X and Musk himself of being anti-Semitic.
“From what we’ve heard from advertisers, ADL appears to be responsible for the majority of our lost revenue,” Musk tweeted earlier this month. “Giving them the maximum benefit of the doubt, I don’t see any scenario where they would be responsible for less than 10% of the value destruction, or about $4 billion.”
The billionaire said Monday that there were 100 to 200 million posts a day on X and that some of them were “going to be bad.” But he told Netanyahu he was “against anti-Semitism and anything that promotes hatred and conflict.”
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