We have some unfavourable news if you enjoy spending hours scrolling through Twitter. The number of tweets a user can read in a day has been capped by Elon Musk. On Saturday, the tech tycoon revealed the change, which received harsh user criticism.
According to Musk, a decision has been made to limit system tampering and data scraping. In addition, different read limits have been imposed for confirmed, unverified, and new users. To get all the specifics of the progress, keep reading.
Twitter Limits the Number of Posts a User Can Read in a Day
According to Musk’s announcement on July 1st, verified users would now be able to see 6000 tweets every day, compared to unverified users’ 600 tweets per day. With only 300 tweets every day for new, unverified users, the figure is significantly lower. The cap, though, is reportedly only in place temporarily.
“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 to 600 posts/day – New unverified accounts to 300/day,” Musk stated in his announcement tweet.
A second tweet from the Tesla CEO followed, informing followers that the number would soon be increased. “Rate limits increasing soon to 8000 for verified, 800 for unverified, & 400 for new unverified,” he tweeted. Musk reinforced his choice by posting, “Rate limited due to reading all the posts about rate limits.”
Twitter Users Furious with the Move
Thousands of users were unable to access tweets on the microblogging platform even before Musk made the announcement. Some people complained that when they attempted to load their Twitter feeds, they instead received the message “Sorry, you are rate limited. Please wait a short while before trying again.
‘Rate Limit Exceeded’ and ‘#TwitterDown’ became popular topics on the network. Users were incensed when Musk eventually revealed the cause of the mishap. On my timeline, I scroll through roughly 100 posts per minute. Twitter will really come to an end if he keeps doing this, one person commented.
“This is the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever seen on here,” another retorted. It is ruining Twitter. Further comments from a user stated, “You should strongly consider selling twitter to someone that actually knows how to not run it into the ground with whimsical & short-sighted money grabs like this.”
Tweets Have Also Been Restricted To Logged-In Users
Just one day after Musk made the decision to prevent users from accessing Twitter unless they are logged into an account, the read restriction has been published. As a result, individuals who don’t have a Twitter account would be unable to access any posts on the website.
Since gaining control of the social media network, Musk has made a number of moves, the majority of which have drawn criticism from experts. Twitter’s user base has decreased, and its profits have decreased during the past few months. Additionally, advertisers have begun to leave the platform, particularly since Linda Yaccarino was chosen as the new CEO.