In a recent update, Twitter has introduced a mandatory sign-in requirement for users who wish to view tweets. Even if you are not logged into your Twitter account and attempt to access a tweet, you will be directed to a sign-in screen.
Unfortunately, this means that individuals who do not have an account on the platform are now unable to view tweets.
While the social media platform has not officially commented on this change, some speculate that it could be a glitch, given the platform’s recent technical issues since Elon Musk’s involvement.
However, considering the app’s ongoing struggle to expand its user base, it is plausible that this move aims to encourage silent observers to create accounts. Like many of Twitter’s recent alterations, this change could have unintended consequences.
By restricting public access to tweets, search engine algorithms may rank Twitter’s content lower, resulting in fewer people being directed to the site from search engines like Google. Furthermore, this alteration may be seen as an inconvenience to users.
Although Musk, who is no longer the CEO but still involved in operations, has not provided direct comments on this development, it is possible that he intends to prevent AI tools from searching Twitter.
Musk previously criticized Microsoft for using Twitter data in their training processes and even mentioned the possibility of legal action.
As the new CEO, Linda Yaccarino, settles into her role, Twitter continues to face technical issues. Recently, numerous users received suspension notifications for spamming, and the cause of this incident remains unclear.
Unfortunately, Twitter has been unresponsive to inquiries, leaving users in the dark. With Musk’s influence in the C-suite, policies can change rapidly, and anything is possible.