New Update X - New Subscriptions, Features and platform updates


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Staff Member
Jan 8, 2011
  • X is starting to charge new users a fee of $1 to post on the platform.
  • The new Not-a-Bot subscription is first going live in New Zealand and the Philippines.
  • Existing X users won’t be affected by the new policy.
Read more: X, formerly Twitter, announces $1/year Not-a-Bot plan for new users

Twitter Help:

As of October 17th, 2023 we’ve started testing “Not A Bot”, a new subscription method for new users in two countries. This new test was developed to bolster our already significant efforts to reduce spam, manipulation of our platform and bot activity. This will evaluate a potentially powerful measure to help us combat bots and spammers on X, while balancing platform accessibility with the small fee amount. Within this test, existing users are not affected.

Here’s how this new test will work for new accounts on web in New Zealand and the Philippines:

Step One: Phone Verification
  • New accounts created on X, in these two countries, will first be required to verify their phone number.
Step Two: Select Your Subscription Plan
  • $1 USD Annual Fee (prices vary by country and currency). New users will be able to perform certain actions on the web version of the platform: post content, Like posts, Reply, Repost and Quote other accounts’ posts, Bookmark posts.
  • X Premium
  • Verified Organizations
New users who opt out of subscribing will only be able to take “read only” actions, such as: Read posts, Watch videos, and Follow accounts.

This new program aims to defend against bots and spammers who attempt to manipulate the platform and disrupt the experience of other X users. We look forward to sharing more about the results soon.

  • New Zealand: $1.43 NZD per year
  • Philippines: ₱42.51 PHP per year
Note: Users who participate in the Not-A-Bot program are subject to the Not a Bot Terms and Conditions.


Level 44
Top Poster
Nov 10, 2017
Twitter has added video calling – and left it turned on by default.

The feature is now being officially rolled out, Elon Musk confirmed. He said it was an “early version” of a tool he has been hinting at for a year.

Video calls are part of Elon Musk’s plans to make Twitter, which he has renamed X, into the “everything app”, offering a wide array of different functionality.

For now, video calls are limited to the iOS app, and appear to be rolling out slowly. But they are also switched on by default.

The system means that all accounts are liable to receive calls from accounts you follow, or those run by people whose number you have in your address book. To be able to call someone, they must have sent at least one direct message to your account.

Users have the option to change that setting, however, either to switch it off or to change who has the ability to make calls. From the direct message settings, users can either disable it entirely or change it so that they can receive calls from people in your address book, from people you follow, or from all “verified” users.

Making phone calls is limited to premium subscribers, who pay the monthly subscription for what was once called Twitter Blue.

It can be done by opening up the DM menu to start a conversation with someone. If the feature is enabled, then a phone icon should show within the direct message conversation, and tapping audio or video will start the relevant kind of call.

Users will receive a notification that they are being called, and will get another telling them they missed the call if they do not pick up.


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Staff Member
Jan 8, 2011
The social media giant is adding a new Premium+ tier that costs $16 per month and offers the “largest reply boost” and removes ads from the For You and Following feeds. The tier also comes with revenue-sharing, along with access to other creator tools.

The second tier launching today is called “Basic” and costs $3 per month. The tier doesn’t come with a blue checkmark, but includes basic features like the ability to edit posts and post longer text and videos. It also offers a “small reply boost.”
Source: X is launching two new subscription tiers, including a 'Premium+' ad-free plan | TechCrunch


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