Elon Musk has hinted that X, his platform previously often called Twitter, might quickly go behind a paywall.

The billionaire businessman had a sit-down interview in California with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who’s within the US, earlier this week. 

Through the chat, Musk floated an concept to fight bots on X, which might shake up the platform’s subscription system if carried out.

He instructed a tier under the prevailing X Blue subscription; basically it might be a small month-to-month price individuals must pay to make use of X.

“We’re wanting it to be only a small amount of cash,” Musk advised Netanyahu, based on Deadline.

“It’s an extended dialogue, however for my part that is the one defence in opposition to huge armies of bots, as a result of as AI will get very, excellent, it’s truly in a position to cross these form of CAPTCHA exams higher than people.”

Elon Musk and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in California. Photograph: Twitter

Musk mentioned bots price a “fraction of a penny” however the value would go up if X made customers pay to be on the platform.

Musk gave no indication of how a lot it might price for individuals to stay on X, solely that it might be a “small quantity”.

Earlier than the assembly, Netanyahu’s workplace mentioned the 2 would focus on synthetic intelligence.

They each agreed the advantages of AI wanted to be measured in opposition to the dangers it poses to society.

Netanyahu mentioned that like-minded states ought to conform to a code of ethics and conduct, however even then it might nonetheless be essential to “police” in opposition to rogue actors, the Related Press reported.

Elon Musk urged to roll again antisemitism

Since taking the reins of Twitter and renaming it X, Musk has been accused of permitting hate speech to unfold on the platform.

Not too long ago, Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – a Jewish civil rights organisation, for defamation.

Musk mentioned the ADL had “falsely accused” each him and the X platform of being antisemitic, inflicting a considerable drop within the social media platform’s promoting income consequently.

In a collection of posts, the billionaire proprietor of the platform mentioned the corporate’s advert income within the US was down 60 per cent, which Musk mentioned was “primarily because of strain on advertisers by the ADL”.

Antisemitism was mentioned when Musk met Netanyahu.

“I do know your dedication to free speech, however I additionally know your opposition to antisemitism,” Netanyahu advised Musk.

“You’ve spoken about it, tweeted about it. And all I can say is, I hope you discover, throughout the confines of the First Modification, the flexibility to cease not solely antisemitism, or roll it again as finest you may.”

Musk responded by saying he was in opposition to antisemitism and “anti-really something” that promotes “hate and battle”.

“I’m in favour of that which helps society and takes us to a greater future for humanity collectively,” the billionaire mentioned.

Protesters gathered outdoors Tesla’s manufacturing unit, the place Musk and Netanyahu spoke.

The billionaire admitted he obtained loads of adverse suggestions from Tesla workers earlier than the assembly.

Simply final week Israel’s Supreme Courtroom started listening to arguments in opposition to a bid by Netanyahu’s authorities to curb the court docket’s powers, in a historic session that has already infected a disaster within the nation.

His critics say the judicial reforms undermine democracy, and other people in Israel and overseas have known as for Netanyahu’s resignation.

Netanyahu’s religious-nationalist Coalition handed the judicial modification in July.