Elon Musk recently announced additional “temporary” limits on the number of posts users can view. He continued to blame these restrictions on AI businesses extracting vast amounts of data for Twitter. Now, only 600 posts can be viewed daily by unverified accounts, and only 300 can be viewed daily by “new” unverified accounts.
The restrictions for verified accounts still only allow reading up to 6,000 posts per day. This applies accounts presumably whether they’re purchased as a part of the Twitter Blue subscription, granted through an organization, or verification Elon forced on people like Stephen King, LeBron James, and anyone else with more than a million followers.
The rate restrictions would “soon” rise to 8,000 tweets for verified users, 800 for unverified users, and 400 for brand-new unverified accounts, Musk tweeted shortly after that.
The restrictions came into effect a day after Twitter abruptly began denying access to users who aren’t logged in. Musk claimed that this was necessary because a few hundred organizations (possibly more) were scraping Twitter data extensively, to the point where it was affecting the real user experience.”
Musk has tried to monetize Twitter in a number of different ways over the past few months, and the change is only one of them. Just three months after launching the redesigned $8 per month Twitter Blue pay-for-verification programme, the company announced a three-tier API update in March that will start charging for the use of its API.