Elon Musk has expressed his discontent with Threads’ recent implementation of rate limits, deeming them “oppressive,” despite Twitter having introduced comparable restrictions just two weeks prior.
Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, announced on Monday that Threads would be tightening its regulations, particularly regarding rate limits, in response to spam attacks.
Musk took the opportunity to mock this decision, replying to a ten-day-old tweet showcasing Threads’ rate limits in action.
Back on July 1, a policy change on Twitter affected thousands of users, restricting non-paying users to viewing only 600 tweets per day due to extensive data scraping and system manipulation.
Coincidentally, Meta’s competitor app, Threads, became available for pre-order on App Stores shortly after these events unfolded.
While Threads continues to work on incorporating essential features, Mosseri has expressed a desire to expedite the app’s release.
Consequently, it appears that Twitter’s rate-limit controversy may have expedited the launch of Threads.
Threads has gained significant popularity, amassing 100 million users within just five days. Ironically, it now seems to be falling victim to the same changes that potentially prompted its early release.
Although there have been fewer reports of users experiencing limitations compared to Twitter, Mosseri acknowledges the possibility of false positives.
This situation has given Musk further ammunition for ridiculing Threads, as Twitter’s higher-ups appear unsettled by the rapid rise in popularity of their competitor’s app.
Musk also responded to a screenshot of Mosseri’s post about rate limits, laughing at it and labeling it as a copycat move.
Interestingly, Musk’s attorney employed the same term, “copycat,” in a cease-and-desist letter accusing Meta of employing ex-Twitter staff to create an app imitating Threads—a claim denied by the creators of Threads.
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