Musk speculation latest: Is X going behind a paywall?

  • Tuesday, September 19th, 2023
  • Author: Tim Green
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Its all the Twittersphere is talking about: has Elon Musk really just said that all users of X, formerly Twitter, may have to pay for access to the platform?

Maybe. Reports say Musk let the revelation slip in a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Were moving to having a small monthly payment for use of the system,” he is reported to have said.

Since taking over Twitter in 2022, Musk has searched for ways to monetise the platform and also to combat the vast number of fake users and malicious bots on the system.

The first step was charging for an enhanced service – X Premium – but maybe universal subscriptions are the next stage. Its no secret that Musk was X to be an everything app along the lines of Chinese unicorns such as WeChat.

Obviously the danger is a paywall is the loss of users and the consequent loss of advertising revenue.