Elon Musk has said that users of X (formerly known as twitter) would soon have to pay to gain access to the platform.
Musk, in an interview with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said that the move could help combat bots which imitate human behaviour.
Musk also suggested that he could introduce a “small monthly payment” for all users, blaming the number of bots on the platform for the proposal.
Also in the interview, Netanyahu raised the issue of anti-Semitism on platform X.
The platform has been accused by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) campaign group of not doing enough to stop antisemitic content.
In a statement released by the group, it was stated that Mr Musk was “engaging with and elevating” antisemites.
Musk reiterated to Netanyahu that he was against antisemitism and would sue the ADL in order to clear our platform’s name.
“I know you’re determined to fight any collective hatred of the people that anti-Semitism targets, and I hope you succeed. It’s not an easy task, but I encourage you to strike a balance,” replied the prime minister
The tech tycoon has made many changes since he took over the network for $44 billion in October last year.
He has laid off thousands of employees, introduced a pay option for verification, removed content moderation and reinstated formerly banned accounts, including that of former US President Donald Trump.
Bots are accounts run by computer programs rather than humans, which can be used to artificially amplify political messages or fan the flames of racial hatred.