If you enjoy scrolling through Twitter for hours on end, we have some terrible news for you. Elon Musk has set a daily restriction on the number of tweets a person can read. The move was made by the tech entrepreneur on Saturday, eliciting widespread criticism from users.
Musk claims that a decision was made to limit data scraping and system tampering. Furthermore, the read limit is adjusted differently for confirmed, unverified, and new users. Continue reading to learn more about the development.
Twitter Restricts the Number of Posts That a User Can Read in a Single Day
Musk announced on July 1st that verified users will now be able to see 6000 tweets per day, while unverified users will only be able to read 600 tweets per day. The figure for new unverified users is significantly lower, at 300 tweets each day. However, the limit is claimed to be temporary for the time being.
“To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we’ve applied the following temporary limits: – Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day – Unverified accounts are limited to 600 posts/day – New unverified accounts are limited to 300/day,” Musk stated in his announcement tweet.
The Tesla CEO then tweeted again, hinting that the number will be increased in the near future. “Rate limits increasing soon to 8000 for verified, 800 for unverified, & 400 for new unverified,” he tweeted. Musk doubled down on his decision, writing on Twitter, “Rate limited due to reading all the posts about rate limits.”
Twitter Users Are Enraged by the Move
Thousands of users were unable to access tweets on the microblogging platform even before Musk made the announcement. Some users complained that their Twitter feeds failed not load and instead displayed the message “Sorry, you are rate limited.” Please wait a few moments before attempting again.”
Topics such as ‘Rate Limit Exceeded’ and ‘#TwitterDown’ were popular on the network. Users were outraged when Musk eventually revealed the cause of the mishap. “On my timeline, I scroll through about 100 posts per minute.” “If he keeps doing this, Twitter will literally come to an end,” one person said.
“This is the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever seen on here,” said another. It’s obliterating Twitter.” “You should strongly consider selling Twitter to someone who actually knows how to not run it into the ground with whimsical & short-sighted money grabs like this,” one person added.
Tweets Are Now Only Available to Logged-in Users
The read limit was announced just one day after Musk chose to prevent individuals from accessing Twitter unless they were logged in. This means that users who do not have an active Twitter account will be unable to access any posts on the platform.
Since taking over the social media site, Musk has made a number of moves, the majority of which have been questioned by experts. Twitter’s user base has been declining in recent months, as has its profitability. Advertisers have also begun to abandon the platform, particularly with the appointment of the new CEO, Linda Yaccarino.
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