Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, announced on Monday that new users of the popular platform, X, will need to pay in order to tweet.

X has encountered significant difficulties with bots. Twitter bots, managed by software or content farms, imitate regular users by tweeting, liking, and following others. While some bots have beneficial purposes such as sharing news or providing customer service, others partake in harmful activities like spamming or spreading misinformation and fake news.

The CEO of Tesla also highlighted that many users are unable to secure desirable usernames. "The influx of fake accounts also depletes the available namespace, leading to the scarcity of good handles," he mentioned in response to a user's post.

According to a report from 9to5Mac, code discovered in X suggests an impending alteration.

"Subscribe to unlock the ability to post and engage. New unverified users are required to pay a small annual fee before you're able to perform any write actions on web, including posting, liking, bookmarking, and replying. This is to reduce bots and spam to make the experience better for everyone. You can still follow accounts and browse X for free," reads the code.

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