The purpose of this measure is to discourage excessive data scraping and system manipulation, which can lead to undesirable consequences. Initially, verified accounts were allowed to read up to 6,000 posts per day. Additionally, unverified accounts had a limit of 600 posts per day, while new unverified accounts were limited to 300.
However, Musk later shared an update stating that the temporary reading limits had been adjusted. Verified users would now be permitted to read up to 10,000 posts per day, while unverified users could access 1,000 posts per day. New unverified accounts would have a daily limit of 500 posts. Unfortunately, no further details were provided regarding this change.
This decision comes after Twitter recently announced that users would need an account on the platform to view tweets, a move Musk referred to as a “temporary emergency measure” just a day prior. Musk cited numerous organisations’ aggressive data scraping activities as the reason for implementing these restrictions, as they hurt the user experience.
It’s worth noting that Elon Musk has previously expressed his dissatisfaction with artificial intelligence companies, including OpenAI, which owns ChatGPT. He criticized these firms for utilizing Twitter’s data extensively to train their large language models.
On a separate note, Twitter experienced an outage on Saturday morning, affecting thousands of users, as reported by Downdetector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.
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