Breaking News: Elon Musk Implements Temporary Read Limits on Twitter Amid

Elon Musk Implements Temporary Read Limits on Twitter Amid

On Saturday, Twitter experienced widespread issues as thousands of users from various countries faced difficulties accessing the social media platform.

The hashtags “#TwitterDown” and “Rate Limit Exceeded” quickly became top trends in the US, with over 40,000 tweets related to the situation. The problems began around 8 am EST and continued to escalate throughout the morning. According to DownDetector, there were more than 7,400 reports of outages by noon EST.

Users, noticed that their feeds were not loading and received error messages stating, “Sorry, you are rate limited. Please wait a few moments then try again.” Others encountered errors indicating that the site was unable to retrieve tweets.

Musk changes policy

After users started reporting issues on Twitter, Elon Musk, the billionaire owner, tweeted that temporary limits had been implemented due to excessive data scraping and system manipulation. He mentioned that verified accounts could read up to 6,000 posts per day, while unverified accounts were limited to 600. New unverified accounts had a limit of 300 posts per day.

Musk also introduced a blue verification check mark for users who subscribe to Twitter Blue, a paid service aimed at increasing revenue. He later tweeted that he would soon increase the limits to 8,000 tweets per day for verified users, 800 for unverified users, and 400 for new unverified accounts.

Many people expressed frustration with the connection problems, leading to trending topics like “Wtf twitter” and “Thanks Elon” in the US.

Just the day before, Twitter appeared to restrict access for users not logged into an account. It wasn’t clear if this change was intentional or a glitch. Most of the reported problems on Saturday occurred on the website (44%), followed by 39% reported on the app.

While users reached out to Twitter for comment, but the platform responded with an automated poop emoji.

In March, Twitter experienced a similar widespread disruption, one of the largest since Elon Musk took over. Over 8,000 users reported issues during that incident.

Musk is working to revitalize the platform, which has faced advertiser exodus, and has brought on a new CEO, Linda Yaccarino.

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