Twitter users are facing restrictions on the number of tweets they can read as the platform experiences a prolonged outage, hindering users’ ability to stay up to date with new posts.
Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, announced revised usage quotas in a tweet. Verified account holders are now limited to a maximum of 6,000 posts per day, while unverified users face a significantly reduced limit of 600 posts.
Newly registered, unverified users have an even tighter restriction of only 300 posts per day. Musk later increased the limits to 10,000, 1,000, and 500, respectively.
Musk attributed the need for these constraints to Twitter grappling with “extreme levels of data scraping” from “several hundred organizations” and instances of “system manipulation.”
He did not disclose the entities responsible for scraping Twitter’s data or provide details on the duration of the issue or the claims of system manipulation.
Previously, Musk had expressed concerns about data scraping on Twitter and hinted at taking action against those involved. He was also upset about Microsoft’s alleged unauthorized use of Twitter’s data and threatened legal action.
However, a developer has indicated that the primary cause of Twitter’s current struggle is a bug in its web app, which is causing requests to be sent to Twitter in an infinite loop.
This latest restriction comes after numerous users complained on Saturday that their Twitter feeds were not updating with new tweets and instead received an error message stating “rate limit exceeded.”
Twitter has faced various technical issues in recent months, and unconventional solutions have been implemented to manage the situation. Earlier this week, Twitter began restricting access to its platform for users who were not logged into an account.
Coincidentally, this outage occurs at a time when Meta, the social media giant, is reportedly preparing to launch its own Twitter competitor.
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