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Elon Musk is fighting an uphill battle against the scourge of bots on X.

What Musk’s high-stakes plan to charge for tweeting really means

X, formerly known as Twitter, is charging $US1 a month for New Zealand and Philippines users to post in an experiment that could go global. So what’s Elon thinking now?

  • Nick Bonyhady
X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has started a $US1-per-year subscription fee for new accounts.

Elon Musk’s X rolls out annual fee for new users

The $US1 fee for the social network formerly known as Twitter is being rolled out in New Zealand and the Philippines as a test.

  • Kelvin Chan
The photo shared by AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes after he “endured an 18-hour flight”.

AirAsia chief criticised for shirtless massage photo on LinkedIn

“Got to love Indonesia and AirAsia culture that I can have a massage and do a management meeting,” Tony Fernandes said in the now-deleted post.

  • Anthony Palazzo
eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said she was disappointed with the responses from X and Google.

Australia slaps Elon Musk’s X with a $600,000 fine

The eSafety Commissioner has issued Google an official warning and fined Elon Musk’s X $610,500.

  • Tess Bennett
Elon Musk is being sued by a student misidentified as an extremist.

How Elon Musk could beat his latest defamation lawsuit

The billionaire is no stranger to the courts when it comes to comments he’s made on social media.

  • Stephen Carter
Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

EU extends disinformation warning to Zuckerberg after Hamas attack

Companies that fail to comply with the European Union’s Digital Services Act could face fines as high as 6 per cent of annual revenue or even be banned from the bloc.

  • Jillian Deutsch
Elon Musk.

EU threatens Musk with fines over Israel-Hamas disinformation on X

The EU has warned Elon Musk that there will be consequences if X doesn’t do more to moderate illegal content and disinformation related to the Israel-Hamas war.

  • Graham Starr
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is visiting Australia.

Facebook whistleblower warns social media is distorting Voice debate

Frances Haugen sensationally went public with concerns about user safety in 2021 and now she says the Voice debate has been influenced by decisions of big platforms.

  • Tom McIlroy
Linda Yaccarino

Why Linda Yaccarino took on the wildest job in Silicon Valley

Can the chief of the company formerly known as Twitter survive Elon Musk’s chaos and win back advertisers?

  • Updated
  • Hannah Murphy
Kylie Jenner is one of the world’s top influencers.

Is this the most Gen Z degree ever?

An Irish university is enrolling students for the world’s first bachelor of arts in influencing.

  • Maham Javaid


Men think about the Roman Empire more often than you’d think.

Are men obsessed with the Roman Empire? This viral trend suggests so

On TikTok, there’s a phenomenon of females asking males how often they think about the historic period. Try popping the question yourself, go on …

  • Rachael Bolton

The power of data: Forget Twitter, the party’s moved to WhatsApp

As Australians lose interest in sharing their opinions on social media platforms, they are instead jumping into group chats.

  • Mark Di Stefano
TikTok claims 8.5 million users in Australia, making it one of the largest social networks.

Hate speech doesn’t belong in misinformation laws: TikTok

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute conversely wants the planned laws strengthened, with authorities given power to bar social sites from the country.

  • Nick Bonyhady

Being an introvert helped set up this Young Rich Lister to make $1b

Alex Tomic didn’t find university challenging, so he quit. Now he’s worth $125 million and climbing, as the toothpaste-related company he formed with a childhood friend shines bright.

  • Julie-anne Sprague
Elon Musk.

Elon Musk is veering into antisemitism

A disproportionate number of prominent X accounts seem to share its owner’s trollish right-wing persona.

  • David French
A German Panther medium tank from World War II on display at The Tank Museum, Bovington.

The most popular museum on YouTube may surprise you

A collection of armoured vehicles on a once-secret military base “in the middle of nowhere” has got more video subscribers than the Louvre.

  • Alex Marshall
Mark Zuckerberg launched Threads in a direct response to Elon Musk’s mismanagement of Twitter.

Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Twitter killer’ stalls after launch

Despite a hugely successful launch in July, new data shows only one per cent of Australian phone users are using Instagram’s Threads app each day.

  • Mark Di Stefano
Anna Paul: “I don’t post online for people to have ads in their face. I want people to watch me and trust every word I say.”

The influencer with 10m followers and a six-figure waitlist

Anna Paul, a “juggernaut” confounded by her own success, is about to launch her own merchandise line.

  • Lauren Sams
Elon Musk’s upcoming biography details his takeover of Twitter.

Elon Musk reveals Twitter takeover driven by ‘woke mind virus’

Elon Musk was driven to buy Twitter after fearing his transgender daughter had been infected by an “anti-right-wing” mindset common on the platform.

  • Susie Coen and David Millward
Morgan Riddle shares her life on social media as a tennis WAG – an acronym for “wives and girlfriends”.

The most famous woman in men’s tennis

Morgan Riddle is building a career that relies, in part, on how well her boyfriend is doing at work.

  • Jessica Testa