It’s been a while since X (formerly Twitter) introduced X Premium (formerly known as Twitter Blue), allowing users to unlock additional features through a paid subscription. However, it appears that Elon Musk wants to see how much users are willing to pay for X, as the platform will start charging users an annual subscription to give them access to basic features such as creating new posts.
New users will not be able to use X without paying.
According to a Fortune report, X will charge new users $1 per year to use basic features such as creating new posts, replying to other users, quoting, reposting, liking, bookmarking, and creating lists. This would officially put X behind a paywall, preventing people from using the platform without paying, even though it is ad-based.
The report says the idea came from X owner Elon Musk, who has long expressed a desire to charge everyone for using the platform. Musk said on livestream last month that making X pay is the “only way” to keep the platform free of bots, although he has always said charging for a blue verified badge would put an end to bots.
Since the X was acquired by Musk, many features have become only available to those who pay for the Premium version. At first, the subscription unlocked features such as a button to edit posts, longer posts, text formatting, and themes. A few months ago, X began limiting the number of posts per day that non-paying users could see in their feed.
A report earlier this month revealed that X is also planning to introduce a new, more expensive Premium tier that will remove ads entirely. The current X Premium subscription costs $8 per month or $84 per year. This could be a response to X losing many advertisers due to the new policy introduced by Musk.
It starts today
Regarding the new subscription to use basic features, the official X support profile has confirmed that new users will have to pay to sign up for the social network. This change is currently rolling out to users in New Zealand and the Philippines and may soon roll out to other countries. For now, X says the change is experimental and only affects new users.