Twitter is restricting the number of tweets that individual accounts can read each day in an effort to deter severe data scraping and system manipulation. This crucial information was shared by the company’s head Elon Musk via Twitter post. Note that verified users were previously restricted to reading 6,000 posts per day.
According to the new changes made by the company from now onwards, Unverified accounts will now be limited to 600 posts per day, with new unverified accounts having a limit of 300. Verified accounts were previously restricted to reading 6,000 posts per day.
Elon Musk took to Twitter to make this announcement. His tweet reads,
” To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we’ve applied the following temporary limits:
– Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day
– Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day
– New unverified accounts to 300/day”
Rate limits were later increased to soon to 8000 for verified, 800 for unverified & 400 for new unverified. According to Musk in a separate post, the temporary reading restriction was subsequently doubled to 10,000 posts per day for verified users, 1,000 posts per day for unverified users, and 500 posts per day for new unverified users. Musk did not provide any other information.
Previously, Twitter has said that users will now need to have an account on the social media site in order to access messages. Elon Musk dubbed this decision a “temporary emergency measure.”
Musk’s tweet read, “We were getting data pillaged so much that it was degrading service for normal users!” He continued by saying that at least hundreds of organisations were “extremely aggressively” scraping Twitter data.
The platform will prompt users who attempt to access information to either create an account or log into an existing account in order to view their favourite tweets.
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