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Elon Musk says X to have two new premium tiers


Elon Musk has said his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, will launch two new tiers of premium subscriptions.

“One is lower cost with all features, but no reduction in ads, and the other is more expensive, but has no ads,” the billionaire said in a post on X.

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It comes as the firm started charging new users $1 in New Zealand and the Philippines for accessing the platform.

Mr Musk did not provide more details on the plans.

New users who opt out of subscribing will only be able to take “read only” actions, such as reading posts, watching videos, and following accounts, the company said in its website.

Mr Musk has long said that his solution for getting rid of bots and fake accounts on the social media platform is charging for the service.

Since taking over the firm in October last year he has looked to incentivise users to pay for an enhanced service, which is now called X Premium, and tried to woo advertisers back to X with offers of discounts.

Some users now opt to pay $8 per month for the blue check subscription service.

Its “Not A Bot” subscription method aims to reduce spam, manipulation of the platform and bot activity.

Mr Musk’s rapid changes, including mass layoffs and disbanding content moderation teams, has led to advertisers halting ads on the service.

He acknowledged that the platform has taken a hit on revenue and blamed activists for pressuring advertisers.

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