Musk annoys Twitter users by capping number of tweets they can view each day

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Twitter has imposed limits on how many tweets users can view each day, with owner Elon Musk claiming the drastic change was needed to fight “data scraping” and other “manipulation.” Users who hit the rate limits were greeted with error messages like “Sorry, you are rate limited. Please wait a few moments then try again.”

“To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we’ve applied the following temporary limits: – Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day – Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day – New unverified accounts to 300/day,” Musk wrote on Saturday.

When Musk says “verified,” of course, he means users who pay $8 a month for the Twitter Blue subscription that comes with certain perks, such as adding a blue checkmark to the accounts of subscribers. Prior to Musk’s ownership of Twitter, “verified” meant that a user had been confirmed to be notable and authentic.

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