According to executive chairman Elon Musk, Twitter is implementing temporary restrictions on the number of posts users can read per day due to significant instances of data scraping and system manipulation.
In a post on July 1, Musk stated that verified accounts will be limited to 10,000 posts per day, while unverified accounts and new, unverified accounts will have caps of 1,000 and 500 posts per day, respectively.
Recent days have seen numerous Twitter users experiencing various issues on the platform, such as difficulties in accessing tweets, timelines going missing, and encountering a “rate limit exceeded” message. These problems have sparked the trending of hashtags like #TwitterDown and #TwitterFail in specific regions as users express their frustrations.
Real-time outage monitor website Downdetector has seen thousands of user-submitted reports claiming Twitter outages over the last 24 hours.
France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the East and West Coasts of the United States appear to be the most affected regions, according to Is The Service Down.
In a post on July 2, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, expressed support for the recent measures taken by the platform. Dorsey acknowledged the challenges of running Twitter and suggested that the decision to implement limitations was made with the platform’s best interests in mind.