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During an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Elon Musk said that his company He added that the move was aimed at fighting “vast armies of robots.”
Musk did not share any other details, such as when this change might happen, what it would entail, or what it would cost.
He also did not specify how many bots might be present on X. He did, however, claim that X had amassed 550 million “monthly users.”
A paywall is something Musk has reportedly already considered. X already has a subscription, XPremium (formerly known as Twitter Blue), which starts at $8 per month and gives members a blue checkmark previously reserved for those who met certain credibility requirements, the ability to edit posts and other features.
Netanyahu began a US trip to California to speak with Musk about anti-Semitism on X – while Musk asked him to address his judicial overhaul in Israel. The two also discussed artificial intelligence during a sparsely attended live event on Monday.
Netanyahu’s high-profile visit to the San Francisco Bay Area comes at a time when Musk is accused of tolerating anti-Semitic posts on his social media platform, while Netanyahu faces political opposition at home and abroad. ‘stranger.
The free-wheeling conversation, which included jokes from both men, quickly turned to free speech and anti-Semitism, with Netanyahu telling Musk that he hopes that, within the confines of the First Amendment, he can find a way to reduce anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred on its social network. media platform.
“I encourage and urge you to find balance. This is a difficult question,” Netanyahu said.
Musk said that with 100 to 200 million posts on X per day, “some of them are going to be bad.” He reiterated the platform’s policy of not promoting or amplifying hate speech. Under Musk, the old Twitter changed its rules so that objectionable posts were generally not removed, but their visibility was limited, so people had to search for them if they wanted to see them. Musk calls this “freedom of speech, not freedom of scope.”
Musk is accused of tolerating anti-Semitic messages on X. The Anti-Defamation League, a major Jewish civil rights organization, has accused Musk of allowing anti-Semitism and hate speech to spread on the platform. Its director, Jonathan Greenblatt, said Musk had “amplified” messages from neo-Nazis and white supremacists who want to ban the league by recently engaging with them on X.
In a September 4 post, Musk claimed the league was “trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it and myself of being anti-Semitic.” In other articles, he said the league was responsible for a 60% drop in X’s revenue. The ADL was part of a coalition or groups that urged companies last year to suspend their advertising on Twitter after Musk purchased the platform. But analysts who follow Twitter have argued that Musk’s chaotic changes to the platform – including abandoning his well-known brand – have led to a decline in interest from advertisers.
The group met this month with X CEO Linda Yaccarino. Musk and Yaccarino recently posted messages saying they oppose anti-Semitism.
On Sunday, however, Musk posted that George Soros’ organization “seems to want nothing less than the destruction of Western civilization.” Soros, 93, has donated billions of dollars of his personal wealth to liberal and anti-authoritarian causes around the world, making him a favored target among many on the right. The Hungarian-American, who is Jewish, has also been the subject of anti-Semitic attacks and conspiracy theories for decades.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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