- 1 Elon Musk tweeted about limiting the number of posts that can be viewed by users per day..
- 2 The daily limits shall be applied based on verification and accounts’ age.
Disappointing over 353 Million Twitter users, Elon Musk tweeted elaborately about the revised usage quota for its users. As per the new plan, verified users would be able to view 6,000 posts daily, while unverified users would get to view only 600 posts a day.
To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we’ve applied the following temporary limits:— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2023
– Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day
– Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day
– New unverified accounts to 300/day
Elon Musk Limits Platform’s Daily Usage Based on Verification
Since acquiring the micro-blogging social media giant Twitter on October 27, 2022, for $44 Billion, Elon Musk has always been in the limelight. His drastic and unorthodox decisions generate buzz around the social media giant. The current decision is also facing criticism from almost everyone.
The blue tick or verification symbol was given to prominent personalities in sports, entertainment, politics, etc., if they had a select number of followers. This was changed in recent times and now anyone with the capacity to pay a monthly fee of around $8.00 can get a blue tick and be a verified Twitter user.
The newly registered, unverified users would have to face even tighter restrictions because they would get to view only 300 posts daily. However, the Tesla and SpaceX chief has increased the limit to 10,000 posts for verified users, 1,000 for old unverified users and 500 for new unverified users.
Now to 10k, 1k & 0.5k— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2023
Musk further said that the rate limits would increase to 8,000 for verified users, 800 for old unverified, and 400 for new unverified users. Musk explained the reason behind this rate limit. He argued that the step taken to address data are the wrongdoings of scraping and system manipulation.
Although the billionaire never disclosed any names involved in such scenarios, he argued that these are glaring problems faced by the system. These restrictions would help Twitter to curb the underlying issues.
However, he still needs to disclose who is scraping the data or for how long the social media giant has been facing this issue. Similarly, he has not revealed any details on his claim about system manipulation. Musk has been vocal about these issues for a while now and has suggested that some actions might be taken against the bad actors.
In April 2023, Microsoft dropped Twitter from among its advertising platforms. This came after Twitter announced that it would charge a minimum of $42,000 per month to users of APIs, including research institutions and enterprises. Users started receiving emails regarding new pricing details in early March 2023.
Developers argue that a bug in Twitter’s web app sends requests to Twitter in an infinite loop. This bug caused tens of thousands of users to complain on July 1, 2023, that their feeds were not being populated with newer feeds on time. Additionally, the users were shown the following error message: “Rate limit exceeded.”
This can be considered the first technical hiccup experienced by Twitter in the last few months. Additionally, the social media giant is known for following unorthodox solutions to handle any situation. They have also restricted access to the platform for any user not logged in with an account earlier this week.
With its rival Meta preparing to launch a rival platform, the company might need a different move apart from restricting users.
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