a modest proposal in two (plus one) provisions:

  1. limit the number of friends a non-paying user can have: let’s say 100. do you want more friends ? you have to pay something: paying not only introduces friction but implies verifiability of identity of influences in case of suspicion of a crime. multiple (quasi) identical posts by different accounts (e.g. bots) would be easily spotted.
  2. limit the level of posts re-sharing. let’s say friends of friends. This would limit the reach of a non paying user to maximum 10.000 persons.
  3. (eventually) introduce latency in the visibility of re-shared posts. Let’s say 8 hours. This would allow up to 16 hours to react to fake news posting (content moderation)

the above proposal would not negatively impact social network revenues (nor costs) and would not imply any editorial responsibility for the social network.

just came to my mind.

I’d like to read some comments!