Did you think the worst was over after Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter? Well, apparently not, because the tycoon is considering charging for using the social network.
As you know, a change was recently announced in Twitter Blue, Twitter’s subscription service, which offers extra features and now costs $8 USD per month instead of $5 USD. Despite this, the social network is still free for everyone, but a recent report from Platformer indicates that Elon Musk wants people to pay for general use. According to the information, Musk has been talking with his advisor David Sacks and at least they have talked about a new plan in which some browsing will be free for everyone, but whoever wants to use Twitter for long periods of time will have to pay a certain amount of money.
This tactic, called “paywall” (paywall) is no different from those used by communication agencies, which offer a number of free articles and then ask for a subscription to continue browsing freely. Obviously, the big difference is that these media have deep investigations and must pay salaries to reporters, while Twitter content is created by users who do not charge for it.
Apparently this is not an immediate plan, as Twitter engineers are currently working on Twitter Blue and its new features. At the moment, neither Musk nor Twitter made statements on this topic, so it is possible that it is just an idea and nothing more. However, it’s no secret that the millionaire wants to make the company profitable as soon as possible – he has already fired half of the staff, so charging for the use of the network does not sound far-fetched for his ideas. Of course the question would be whether people would be willing to make that payment, and the answer is probably no.
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