Temporary Twitter Post Limits Implemented to Combat Data Scraping and Manipulation

In a recent announcement, CEO Elon Musk revealed that Twitter would temporarily impose restrictions on the number of tweets users can read daily. The move aims to combat computer programs that extract valuable data from the platform through extensive scraping and manipulation. Verified accounts will have their daily post reading limit set at 10,000, while unverified accounts will be limited to 1,000 posts. New unverified users joining the platform after the announcement will have access to only 500 posts per day.

Musk’s decision to implement these limits follows backlash regarding initial tweet limits set by the company, which sparked significant controversy. The CEO described the change as a temporary measure to deter third parties from extracting data from the platform. However, the duration of these limitations and the criteria for their removal have yet to be specified.

It remains to be seen how this change will impact Twitter features like Spaces, the audio conversation platform. Many users have already reported receiving “rate limit exceeded” messages, restricting their ability to view tweet replies or posts on their home feed.

Implementing these post limits represents one of the latest substantial changes made by Musk since his acquisition of Twitter in October. His actions have included reinstating banned accounts, including that of former president Donald Trump, and modifying the verification process. Advertisers’ departure from the platform has raised concerns about its financial sustainability. Amidst these transformations, Musk appointed Linda Yaccarino as Twitter’s CEO, a move seen as an attempt to bring stability to the company.

Due to Twitter’s shifting user experience and frequent glitches, some users have migrated to alternative social media platforms such as Mastodon and Bluesky. Bluesky, a decentralized social network backed by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, has witnessed a surge in traffic following Musk’s announcement. The invite-only platform temporarily paused sign-ups to manage the influx of activity. These developments indicate the dynamic landscape of social media as companies like Meta propose their own Twitter clones.

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