Elon Musk Wants To Charge EVERYONE For Twitter

Things must be getting dire at Twitter because Elon Musk while on a trip to Israel where he’s trying to prove that he’s not antisemitic (more on that in a moment), has said that he effectively wants to paywall the entire platform:

Elon Musk has indicated that X, formerly known as Twitter, is preparing to charge all users for accessing the platform.

The X owner said erecting a paywall around the business would ward off the bots, or automated accounts, that have become a bugbear for Musk.

Speaking in a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, the Tesla CEO and world’s richest person suggested that X was going to charge its user base. Currently, Twitter only charges users for its subscription service X Premium, which offers perks such as a verified account checkmark and costs $11 a month in the US for iPhones and £11 in the UK.

“We’re moving to having a small monthly payment for use of the system,” Musk said.

That says to me that advertisers aren’t coming back and Twitter is bleeding cash like a gunshot victim. Thus he’s taking the Hail Mary approach to try and fix this. Which of course won’t work as the majority of Twitter users who aren’t paying for Twitter will just flee the platform. Which in turn will likely kill the platform, and it will all be Elon’s fault because he is unable to manage ants at a picnic never mind run Twitter.

And as for that antisemitic part:

Musk’s conversation with Netanyahu was billed as a discussion about technology and artificial intelligence but it quickly turned to free speech and antisemitism amid accusations that X was not doing enough to tackle racist speech on the platform.

Netanyahu said he hoped Musk would find ways within the confines of the first amendment to clamp down on antisemitism and other forms of hatred on X.

“I encourage you and urge you to find the balance,” Netanyahu said. “It’s a tough one.”

Musk has used his account on X to say that he is “pro-free speech, but against antisemitism of any kind”.

Frankly, I don’t know why Netanyahu bothered to entertain this guy. Elon hasn’t done anything to prove that he actually wants to address the fact that Twitter has become a cesspool of hate under his leadership. And I don’t expect it to change because Elon visited Israel. Frankly I think that Netanyahu would be better off condemning Elon and Twitter for the state of the platform rather than trying to work with him. But maybe Netanyahu knows something that I don’t.

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