Twitter Limiting Number Of Tweets Users Can Read In 1 Day

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Elon Musk, Twitter's billionaire owner announces daily Twitter limitation.
Elon Musk, Twitter's billionaire owner announces daily Twitter limitation.

Elon Musk says that Twitter is limiting the number of tweets people can read in a day in a move to tamp down on the use of the site’s data by artificial intelligence companies.

LONDON — Elon Musk has announced that Twitter is temporarily limiting the number of tweets people can read in a day, as thousands of users reported problems accessing the site.

Musk, who took over Twitter in October last year after buying it for US$44 billion, announced on Saturday that Twitter would temporarily restrict how many tweets users could read per day, in a move meant to tamp down on the use of the site’s data by artificial intelligence (AI) companies.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said Twitter had imposed the “temporary limit” to “address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation”.

The platform is limiting verified accounts to reading 6,000 tweets a day. Non-verified users – the free accounts that make up the majority of users – are limited to reading 600 tweets per day.

New unverified accounts would be limited to 300 tweets.

Extreme Levels Of Data Scraping By Third Party Platforms

The decision was made “to address extreme levels of data scraping” and “system manipulation” by third-party platforms, Musk said in a tweet Saturday afternoon, as some users quickly hit their limits.

“Goodbye Twitter”, #Twitterdown and RIP Twitter were trending topic in the United States following Musk’s announcement, as frustrated users were faced with a message saying “Rate limit exceeded. Please wait a few moments then try again”.

Twitter would “soon” raise the ceiling to 8,000 tweets per day for verified accounts, 800 for unverified accounts and 400 for new unverified accounts, he said.

Musk however did not give a timeline for how long the measures would be in place.

According to Musk, much of the data scraping was coming from firms using it to build their AI models, to the point that it was causing traffic issues with the site.

In creating AI that can respond in a human-like capacity, many companies feed them examples of real-life conversations from social media sites.

Musk said that several hundred organizations and maybe more, were scraping Twitter data extremely aggressively, to the point where it was affecting the real user experience.

“Almost every company doing AI, from startups to some of the biggest corporations on Earth, was scraping vast amounts of data,” he said.

“It is rather galling to have to bring large numbers of servers online on an emergency basis just to facilitate some AI startup’s outrageous valuation.”

AFP reported that Twitter is not the only social media giant to have to wrangle with the rapid acceleration of the AI sector.

In mid-June, Reddit raised prices on third-party developers that were using its data and sweeping up conversations posted on its forums.

It proved a controversial move, as many regular users also accessed the site via third-party platforms, and marked a shift from previous arrangements where social media data had generally been provided for free or a small charge. — Mediahit

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