Are Elon Musk charging for Twitter rumors true?

Emre Çitak
Sep 19, 2023

Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind X (formerly Twitter), has recently announced a significant development that's set to reshape the platform's subscription model.

X's "X Premium" subscription program, formerly known as "Twitter Blue," hasn't quite lived up to Elon Musk's initial expectations.

When he first pitched this initiative as a means to combat bots while providing an additional revenue stream, he envisioned a different outcome.

As it stands, X Premium has seen low adoption rates, with only about 0.3% of X users subscribing to this service, which offers a blue checkmark for profiles and various add-on features.

A recent interview has led to Elon Musk charging for Twitter rumors to be spoken about

Is Elon Musk charging for Twitter now?

Now, Musk and his team are considering a bold move – charging all users to access X. The burning question is, would more people be willing to pay for this social platform? Or would X risk losing users who opt for free alternatives?

Musk brought up the proposal during a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, citing it as an example of the progress being made on X, which he envisions as part of his broader "everything app" plan which all led to Elon Musk charging for Twitter rumors to be spoken on social media.

Musk states:

“The single most important reason that we’re moving to having a small monthly payment for use of the X system is that it’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots. Because a bot costs a fraction of a penny, or a tenth of a penny, but if somebody even has to pay a few dollars or something, some minor amount, the effective cost of bots is very high, and then you also have to get a new payment method every time you have a new bot”.

See the full conversation below.

Lower-priced tiers on the horizon

Apart from Elon Musk charging for Twitter speculations, Musk also hinted at the possibility of lower-tier pricing, making it more accessible to a broader audience. This approach aligns with Musk's vision of not only deterring bots but also adding an extra layer of identity verification by connecting bank accounts to profiles.

While details are scarce, it's conceivable that X might introduce a cheaper verification offering, perhaps around $3 or $4 per month, providing basic X Premium features or just a verification tick to confirm identity.

X could also integrate this with its recently launched ID verification process, potentially charging a small fee for confirmation through a third-party partner like au10tix.

Apart from Elon Musk charging for Twitter speculations, lower-priced X Premium alternatives are on the talk

The duality

This dual approach could serve two vital purposes. Firstly, it could discourage bot activity by raising the costs, and secondly, it could pave the way for in-app payments and banking, aligning with Musk's grand vision.

However, there's a significant risk involved. By implementing a paywall, X might witness reduced user engagement, especially in developing markets where access cost is a significant factor. Additionally, the majority of X users are passive, merely consuming content from a select few active users.


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  1. Honorius said on September 20, 2023 at 11:35 am

    Preparing popcorn.

    Nostradamus mode (If he does decide to do it this time):
    1. Musk makes Xitter paywalled.
    2. 98% of users vaporize from there.
    3. The remaining 2% who are willing to pay evaporates next (because they don’t need a social network from which 98% of users have disappeared).
    4. Musk frantically runs (with full of his pants) around and reverses the fee decision.
    5. Some of the users come back, but certainly not all of the users who left.

    It’s gonna be fun. Too bad about Twitter – I’d love to see this happen with Facebook.

  2. Richard Steven Hack said on September 20, 2023 at 2:29 am

    Does anyone on the planet buy this “we have to charge so we can stop bots” nonsense?

    It’s a money grab because he’s not recovering his investment, plain and simple. He’s a moron who thinks the rest of us are morons.

  3. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    does musk pull a unity or did unity pull a musk?

  4. ilev said on September 19, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    Elon Musk can’t charge for Twitter as Twitter is dead.

  5. E. Fromme said on September 19, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    It was not a recent announcement. When he bought Twitter, almost 2 years ago, he spoke of a subscription based service. The rest of the article is pure speculation by the author.

    As for charging to use it, and many do use it, so where are the disgruntled cheapskates users going to go?

    FYI. I have a twitter account, about 10 years old. Never posted on it, but its active. So much for subscribers numbers.

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