X – the platform previously known to the world as Twitter – will soon charge you $1 each year to prove you're a human. Otherwise, your account will be treated as a bot and you won't be able to post anything. In human terms, X will put your account on read-only mode if you don't cough up that fee.
The latest test is called "Not a Bot" and it is currently limited to new accounts created in the Philippines and New Zealand. To be able to post, like, bookmark, and repost any content, you first need to verify your phone number and pay the humanity charge.
X says the cost will be adjusted accordingly for each country when the program expands to other regions. By the way, X owner Elon Musk – who also runs a pretty darn racist car company – spent $44 billion to buy X, but the company's value has reportedly plunged to just $4 billion. Here's the justification for charging users:
"This new program aims to defend against bots and spammers who attempt to manipulate the platform and disrupt the experience of other X users.
That reason is either a steaming pile of hellish dog shit, or, just Musk's indirect admission that he screwed up by diluting safety measures to cut costs and allowing bots to run wild. By the way, here are some headlines after the billionaire human-population-crisis-fetishizer took over the platform:
Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover fostered a permissive environment for the creation of tens of thousands of new accounts, which proceeded to immediately follow known abusive and misogynistic channels on the