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Elon Musk Implements Temporary Limits On Twitter Usage Amid Data Scraping Concerns

Verified accounts can read up to 6,000 posts/day while unverified accounts face limit of 600 posts/day.

Elon Musk outlined a new measure by Twitter to tackle “extreme levels” of data scraping and system manipulation from the platform. 

In a Saturday tweet, Musk announced there would be temporary limitations on how many tweets users can read daily. The restrictions will vary for paid and unpaid users.

According to the new limitations, verified account hZenger News can now browse up to 6,000 posts daily, while unverified users face a significantly reduced limit of 600 posts. 

To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we’ve applied the following temporary limits:

– Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day
– Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day
– New unverified accounts to 300/day

On Friday, Twitter announced that it will require users to have an account on the social media platform to view tweets, a move that Musk called a “temporary emergency measure.”

Any social media companies that allow unauthenticated access will become bot-strewn hellscapes as soon as they become relevant

2. The scraping orgs dgaf & mask their IPs through proxy servers or through orgs that appear legit. For example, a recent massive scraping operation originating from Oracle IP addresses was just using their servers as a laundromat.

Illustration: Twitter, June 21, 2023, Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China. Twitter is being sued by its own employees for not paying bonuses for 2022.Among these changes, the introduction of premium accounts known as Twitter Blue stands out, offering users the option to subscribe for a monthly fee of $8. PHOTO BY CFOTO/FUTURE PUBLISHING/GETTY IMAGES 

On Saturday morning, the Downdetector.com reported that Twitter was down for many users. Close to 7,500 users across the social media platform reported issues with accessing the app during the peak of the outage at around 11:17 AM ET. 

Since acquiring Twitter and assuming the CEO role in 2022, Musk has implemented several notable alterations to the platform. 

Among these changes, the introduction of premium accounts known as Twitter Blue stands out, offering users the option to subscribe for a monthly fee of $8. 

Additionally, users can now create content exclusively for their subscribers, expanding the platform’s range of engagement and interaction.

 

Produced in association with Benzinga

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