The CEO of Tesla and Space X has just put a new nail in the lid of Twitter’s grave. What looked like a worldwide Twitter crash this weekend has turned out to be even worse: from now on, the number of tweets that each user will be able to read each day will be limited.
Musk himself posted on his Twitter account the news: “To address the extreme levels of data mining and system manipulation, we have implemented the following time limits,” the tycoon wrote.
“Verified accounts are limited to reading 6,000 posts per day. Unverified accounts, 600 posts/day. New unverified accounts, 300/day,” Musk wrote. Hours later, he rectified and set the new limits: 10,000 posts per day for verified accounts on the social network and 1,000 for unverified ones, with 500 as the limit for new unverified accounts.
Throughout the day, thousands of users had trouble checking their TLs, with messages such as “Sorry, you have reached the query frequency limit. Wait a few seconds and try again,” or “Something went wrong. Try reloading”.
The social network underwent several changes since Musk bought it late last year. Previously, the social network had taken a number of steps to win back advertisers who had left Twitter under Musk’s ownership and to increase subscription revenue by making verification marks part of the Twitter Blue program.