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The company said on Tuesday that Twitter’s recent usage restrictions were designed to “detect and eliminate bots and other bad actors,” adding that only a “small percentage” of users are currently affected.
“To ensure the authenticity of our user base, we must take extreme measures to remove spam and bots from our platform,” Twitter said. in a blog post. “Any advance notice of these actions would allow bad actors to change their behavior to evade detection.”
The actions are aimed at preventing accounts from scraping users’ public data to build artificial intelligence models and manipulating the use of the platform, the company said.
Twitter owner Elon Musk announced the limit on Saturday, saying users would only be able to read a certain number of posts per day due to “extreme levels of data scraping” and “system manipulation.”
Twitter says the restrictions are temporary and graded based on a user’s verification status on the platform. This update comes after many Twitter users encountered error messages when trying to access the platform.
Twitter said on Tuesday: “Currently, these restrictions affect a small number of people who use the platform, and we will provide an update as our work is completed. As this pertains to our customers, the impact on advertising is minimal.”