Twitter is implementing restrictions on the number of tweets users can read as the service experiences an extended outage, hindering users’ ability to stay updated with new posts.
In a tweet, Elon Musk shared details of the revised usage quotas. Verified account holders will now be able to view a maximum of 6,000 posts daily, while unverified users will face a significantly reduced limit of 600 posts.
Newly registered, unverified users will encounter even stricter restrictions, with an allowance of only 300 posts per day, as stated by the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.
Musk explained that the social media app is struggling with “extreme levels of data scraping” from “several hundred organizations” and “system manipulation.”
These new limitations are necessary measures to address these pressing issues. However, Musk did not disclose the identities of those scraping Twitter’s data, the duration of the issue, or provide further details regarding the system manipulation claim.
The billionaire entrepreneur has previously expressed concerns about data scraping on Twitter and hinted at potential actions against the culprits.
Musk was briefly outraged over Microsoft’s “illegal” use of Twitter’s data and threatened legal action, stating that it was “lawsuit time.”
However, according to a developer, the main culprit Twitter is currently battling appears to be Twitter itself. A bug in Twitter’s web app is causing requests to be sent to the platform in an infinite loop.
These restrictions come as tens of thousands of users complained on Saturday that Twitter was not displaying newer tweets in their feeds. Instead, they were confronted with the “rate limit exceeded” error.
This recent technical glitch is not the first hurdle Twitter has faced in recent months, nor is it the first instance of an unconventional solution being devised to manage the situation.
Earlier this week, Twitter began limiting access to its platform for users not logged into an account.This incident occurs at a time when the social media giant Meta reportedly prepared to launch its own alternative to Twitter.