Executive Chairman Elon Musk said social media platform Twitter is temporarily limiting the number of posts users can read each day after seeing “extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation.”

In a July 1 post, Musk explain Verified accounts are capped at 10,000 posts per day, while unverified accounts and new unverified accounts are capped at 1,000 and 500 posts per day, respectively, based on temporary limits:

Twitter users have been reporting issues on the platform over the past few days, including being unable to retrieve tweets, missing timelines and receiving “rate limit exceeded” messages, leading to the #TwitterDown and #TwitterFail hashtags trending in some jurisdictions topic.

Screenshot of a Twitter user account that has reached the rate limit.Source: Twitter

Real-time power outage monitoring website DownDetector Yes seen Thousands of user-submitted reports claim Twitter has experienced an outage in the past 24 hours.

France, the UK, Germany and the east and west coasts of the US appear to be the hardest hit areas, according to to whether the service is closed.

The number of outages reported on Twitter every 15 minutes over the past 24 hours. Source: DownDetector

Musk did not clarify what led to the theft of Twitter data, nor did he elaborate on the underlying reason behind the “system manipulation” claim, but explain Its data is “looted” so frequently that it degrades the quality of service for users.

Some believe that extreme “data scraping” is caused by web-browsing AI chatbots, such as OpenAI’s GPT-4.

according to According to Twitter’s developer documentation, rate limiting is imposed to manage the volume of requests made to the Twitter application programming interface (API).

“These constraints help us provide a reliable and scalable API that the developer community relies on,” the document states.

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on July 2 tweetTwitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey was one of the few to defend the recent move, saying that “running Twitter is difficult” and that the decision was likely for the betterment of the platform. made for great benefit.

He added that he would like to see Twitter move to “truly censorship-resistant open protocols” like Bitcoin and Nostr:

Outside the office, Musk appears to train A potential mixed martial arts cage fight against billionaire and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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