Twitter Imposes Temporary Reading Limits Amidst User Outage Reports

The announcement led to thousands of Twitter users reporting problems with the service, including the inability to retrieve tweets, missing timelines, and disappearing followers.

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In response to “extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation”, has implemented temporary reading limits, as announced by the company's owner, . The move has sparked widespread user complaints and led to trending hashtags such as #TwitterDown and #RateLimitExceeded.

Twitter Reading Limits and User Reactions

Verified Twitter accounts were initially limited to reading 6,000 posts per day, a number later increased to 10,000. Unverified accounts, on the other hand, were initially limited to 600 posts per day, later increased to 1,000, while new unverified accounts were limited to 300 posts per day, later increased to 500. The announcement led to thousands of Twitter users reporting problems with the service, including the inability to retrieve tweets, missing timelines, and disappearing followers.

Outage Reports and User Frustration

Reports of the outage began at 12:19 pm UK time, with thousands of people complaining of issues on the Down Detector site. The issues persisted for several hours, leading to user frustration. Many users received the message ‘rate-limit exceeded' on their For You page, a page usually consisting of non-stop personal, curated content.

Source: Downdetector

Musk's Ownership and User Criticism

Elon Musk, who completed a $44bn (£35bn) takeover of the site in October 2022, has faced criticism from users for the platform's issues since his acquisition. Some users have reported more problems since Musk took over than they had experienced before his tenure. The latest issues come after a major outage on the site in March, soon after the company's most recent round of layoffs.