Twitter is introducing temporary daily limits to prevent data collection

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Twitter has set temporary daily limits that allow verified users to read a maximum of 10,000 Twitter messages per day. Free users can read 1,000 tweets per day, while new free users can read 500 tweets. According to Elon Musk, the limits are necessary to prevent large-scale data collection on the platform.

Twitter owner Elon Musk announced the daily limits himself on the platform. Initially, verified Twitter users could read a maximum of 6,000 Twitter messages per day. Free users could read a maximum of 600 tweets per day, while new accounts could view a maximum of 300 tweets per day. These limits were increased some time later to 8,000 messages for verified users, 800 messages for free users and 400 tweets for new free users, but are now up to 10,000 Twitter messages for verified users, 1,000 messages for free users and 500 messages for new free users. No daily limit has yet been set for posting Twitter messages.

Musk wrote in the original announcement tweet that Twitter wants to use this daily limit to combat “extreme data collection and system manipulation” that would take place on the social media platform. However, he did not provide further details. The daily limits would be temporary. Musk did not say how long these limits will remain active.

It was announced on Friday that users who are not logged in will no longer have access to the web version of Twitter for the time being. The platform has been asking non-logged-in users to log in since that day. Otherwise, these users will be redirected to the Twitter homepage. According to Elon Musk, this is also a temporary measure that was reportedly necessary to prevent data scraping.

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 up to 600 posts/day
– New unverified accounts up to 300/day

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2023

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