In a tweet on Saturday night, he announced that there would be a temporary cap on the number of tweets users could see per day.
Verified accounts are limited to 6,000 posts per day. Unverified accounts can only read 600 posts per day, new unverified accounts are limited to only 300.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said Twitter introduced the “temporary limit” to “fight extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation.”
Mr Musk, who bought the platform for $44 billion last year, said hundreds or more organizations were “extremely aggressively” cleaning Twitter data, impacting the user experience.
He previously expressed displeasure with artificial intelligence companies like OpenAI, which owns ChatGPT, using the platform’s data to train their large language models.
Users see the “Rate limit exceeded” message, preventing them from seeing new tweets in their feeds, posting their own tweets, and even DM (direct message).
#Twitterdown, #RateLimitExceeded and RIP Twitter started trending as frustrated users were confronted with the latest change.
Earlier this week, many users found that they were banned from liking, following, or retweeting for three days for allegedly “breaking the site’s rules,” which quickly turned out to be another bug on the platform.
What does “rate limit exceeded” mean on Twitter?
For now, that means users can only scroll until they reach their daily limit.
Verified accounts, including those subscribing to Twitter Blue, can view 6,000 posts.
Existing unverified accounts will reach the limit after 600 and new unverified accounts can only see 300.
However, in a tweet posted shortly after the announcement, Mr Musk said rates would soon rise to 8,000, 800 and 400 respectively.
Mr Musk said on Twitter that the update was a “temporary measure” but didn’t specify how long it might last.
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