Twitter Views Limit has been explained by the owner, Elon Musk
According to owner Elon Musk, Twitter views limit is a restriction on how many tweets different accounts may view each day in an effort to curtail “extreme levels” of data harvesting and system manipulation.
According to Downdetector, a website that monitors internet outages, the limits, which were announced on Friday, started to have an impact early on Saturday, leading more than 7,500 individuals at one time to report issues accessing the social networking account.
Even if that represents a small portion of Twitter’s more than 200 million users globally, the issue was significant enough to make the hashtag #TwitterDown popular in several regions of the world.
Musk, who bought Twitter for $44bn last year, initially said verified accounts will be limited to reading 6,000 posts a day, while unverified accounts will be limited to 600 posts a day.
New unverified accounts are limited to 300 posts a day, he said.
Musk later increased the temporary reading limitation to 10,000 posts per day for verified users, 1,000 posts per day for unverified and 500 posts per day for new unverified users.
He did not provide additional details.
The restrictions could result in users being locked out of Twitter for the day after scrolling through several hundred tweets.
In a tweet on Friday, Musk described the new restrictions as a temporary measure taken because “we were getting data pillaged so much that it was degrading service for normal users!”
He had earlier expressed displeasure with artificial intelligence firms like OpenAI, the owner of ChatGPT, for using Twitter’s data to train their large language models.
The higher threshold allowed on verified accounts is part of an $8 per month subscription service that Musk rolled out earlier this year in an effort to boost Twitter revenue that has fallen sharply since he took over the company and laid off roughly three-fourths of the workforce to cuts costs and stave off bankruptcy.
Due in part to modifications that have made it possible for more abusive and inflammatory content that offends a larger segment of the service’s users, advertisers have now reduced their expenditure on Twitter.
In a move to regain advertisers, Musk most recently selected former NBC Universal executive Linda Yaccarino to lead Twitter.