Elon Musk says two X Premium tiers coming soon; Know all about it

X is set to introduce two new tiers of X Premium subscription soon, Elon Musk announced on Friday. Know what’s coming.

| Updated on: Oct 20 2023, 13:59 IST
Elon Musk says blocking feature on X ‘makes no sense’ to him
1/7 Elon Musk, the CEO of X (formerly known as Twitter), has tweeted that he wants to eliminate the platform's 'block' feature. Musk made this decision in response to a query from a user, where he sought user opinions on the preference between muting and blocking. (Bloomberg)
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2/7 In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), Musk clarified that the blocking feature will be discontinued, except for direct messages, while muting will remain an available option. (Bloomberg)
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3/7 On Friday, Musk shared a message, stating, "The 'block' feature is being completely removed, except for its use in direct messages. It simply doesn't make sense," commented the billionaire. (REUTERS)
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4/7 Muting vs. blocking: According to a report by Bloomberg, muting an account will still allow users to avoid seeing posts from that account. However, muted accounts will retain the ability to respond to the user's posts, share them with their own followers, add commentary, and send direct messages. (AFP)
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5/7 User concerns: Blocking, which has long served as a fundamental security measure on X, has raised concerns among users about potential increases in online harassment following its removal. (Pexels)
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6/7 One user reacted to Musk's tweet and replied, "Don’t go there. No one is entitled to other people’s posts. People should be able to block whoever they want". (Pexels)
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7/7 A series of transformations: Some of the significant alterations implemented under Musk's leadership include substantial workforce reductions, replacing the traditional verification program with the $8 per month Twitter Blue subscription, rebranding the company from Twitter to X, and introducing new features such as live streaming. (AP)
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X will feature an ad-based tier and an ad-free tier, priced differently. (Unsplash)

For weeks, it has been known that X (formerly Twitter) would introduce multiple tiers as part of its subscription known as X Premium. It is just one of the several changes that the microblogging platform has undergone since Elon Musk's acquisition. Although the majority of Musk's moves have been called draconian by users, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has not shied away from enforcing them, with the aim of making X a super app that competes with China's WeChat. In the latest announcement, Musk has now revealed that the tiers of the X Premium subscription could be coming soon.

X Premium tiers

In an X post on Friday, Musk announced that two new tiers of the X Premium subscription would be coming soon. He wrote, “Two new tiers of X Premium subscriptions launching soon.” As suspected, one of the subscriptions would be cheaper but feature ads. On the other hand, the more premium subscription would cost more but will not have any ads. This follows Musk's beliefs that charging users is the “only way” to make the platform bot-free.

The announcement comes a few days after X announced that it would start charging users annually to use even the basic features on the platform, including likes, posts, replies, reposts, bookmarks, and lists. It is part of X's ‘Not a Bot' program which is already being tested in New Zealand and the Philippines. Users will have to pay $1 annually to use X's basic features.

Announcing this program, the official X Support account posted, “This new test was developed to bolster our already successful efforts to reduce spam, manipulation of our platform and bot activity, while balancing platform accessibility with the small fee amount. It is not a profit driver.”

How X users reacted

Some users on the platform have not responded well to this announcement. One user who goes by @staceriley commented below Musk's post, “Just need to keep a free tier. Without it, audience reach will be diminished, and the best thing we have as a free speech platform will be nerfed.”

On the other hand, another user @0xRadar suggested a unique way of payment, “Enable to subscribe with using crypto. Some people cannot subscribe due to where they live, and some content creators cannot get paid out due to the payment processor.”

The introduction of tiers of X Premium subscription as well as the enforcement of a basic fee could potentially mean that the microblogging platform is basically blocked behind a paywall, where users need to subscribe to do anything except view posts.

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First Published Date: 20 Oct, 13:45 IST