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Twitter/X announces upcoming removal of more features from free version

X Premium: now with additional tiers. (Source: Twitter/X)
X Premium: now with additional tiers. (Source: Twitter/X)
X (formerly known as Twitter) has outlined plans for new alternatives to its paid Premium version. The new Basic subscription tier is intended to become the only way to access features such as post editing or removal from the social media app, whereas Premium Plus (or Premium+) would be the only way to view certain sections of its UI without ads.

X/Twitter has recently unveiled an innovative new way to let you use buttons such as Retweet for the low yearly price of ~US$1; now, it has figured out how to monetize even more heretofore free-to-use features.

This new foundational brick in the paywall is to be known as the X Basic subscription, and will unlock functions such as posting longer-form content (in written or video form); download videos; play video in the background; consuming content uninterrupted in Reader mode and receiving reply boosts (albeit at a low level).

The Basic tier also upgrades the user to encrypted DMs and 2-factor authentication (2FA) via SMS. Then again, it still allows ads in the For You or Following feeds and also fails to include a checkmark or verification among its new privileges. For those features, a Twitter/X user still needs a higher-tier subscription.

Then again, the OG Premium level only cuts the ads in half, whereas the new Premium+ top-end tier eliminates them completely. It also unlocks the highest level of reply boost, all for just US$16 per month.

X Premium remains at US$8/month, whereas the new entry-level Basic mode will cost US$3/month. The social media giant has yet to specify when this new feature-stripping model will come into effect.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-10-29 (Update: 2023-11- 5)