On Saturday 1 July 2023, Elon Musk the owner of Twitter announced that Twitter is limiting the number of tweets users can view per day as per the accounts. This step was taken to address “extreme levels of data scrapping & system manipulation.” This limitation is temporary and no one has any idea how long will the limit last.
As per the post of Elon Musk, this limitation is divided account-wise. A verified account will be able to view 6,000 tweets per day, an unverified account will be able to view 600 tweets per day and the new unverified account will be able to view 300 tweets per day.
Just after the announcement an outrage on Twitter can be seen where the hashtags of #TwitterDown and #RIPTwitter were trended. Elon Musk faced backlash soon after it and after a few hours he changed the tweet viewing limitation from 10,000 for verified users, 1,000 for unverified users, and 500 for new unverified accounts.
Once you have reached the limitation of the tweets per day you can view, a prompt of “Rate limit exceeded” will appear. This means that you won’t be able to scroll anymore on Twitter because the daily view count of that day has been reached.
Elon Musk has raised concerns about the data scrapping and system manipulation previously as well in a tweet a day before Saturday. He repeatedly has been mentioning the scrapping of significant amounts of potentially valuable data without authorization. As per him, many Artificial Intelligence companies have been involved in data scrapping to utilize their chatbots.
“Several hundred organizations (and maybe more) were aggressively scraping Twitter data, to the extent that it was negatively impacting the actual user experience. What measures should we take to stop this? I’m open to suggestions.”
The recent limitations signify the most recent significant alteration made by Musk. Upon assuming control, Musk reinstated numerous previously banned accounts, including that of former US President Donald Trump. Additionally, he removed verification badges from public figures and introduced a new system where individuals could obtain blue check marks by paying a monthly fee of $8.
These changes are affecting the user experience and due to that reason, a number of users are diverting to other similar platforms where they can move with freedom and ease. The most popular one among those platforms is Bluesky, a platform backed by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.