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X (Formerly Twitter) Will Charge New Users $1 Per Year To Escape Lurker Status


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It seems the changes at X (formerly Twitter) aren’t stopping just yet. Following a “renovation” of its iconic birdhouse icon, the social media platform has recently announced it will trial a US$1 annual charge for new users.

Effective immediately in New Zealand and the Philippines, those who sign up to the site and fail to fork out the “non-mandatory” fee will be prohibited from uploading posts, replying, reposting, bookmarking, or even liking others’ thoughts.

Although, as a popup message puts it, those who refuse to pay up “can still follow accounts and browse X for free”—though one would essentially be limited to just being a full-time lurker.

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