Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, on Saturday announced new guidelines for the social media site that place “temporary limits” on the number of postings that may be seen each day before immediately changing them.
Verified users are only allowed to view 6,000 posts per day, while unverified accounts are only allowed to read 600 posts per day, according to Musk’s first announcement on Saturday afternoon. There is a daily restriction of 300 postings for new, unverified accounts, he stated.
Musk tweeted that rate limitations will be “increasing soon” to 8,000 for verified users, 800 for unverified ones, and 400 for new unverified accounts within two hours of the announcement.
He tweeted that the figures had increased to 10,000, 1,000, and 500, respectively, three hours later.
To “address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation,” Musk tweeted, the modifications were done.
The modifications were announced in detail after several Twitter users reported problems loading tweets on Saturday morning, including seeing error messages that read “rate limit exceeded.” As users allegedly met the new limitations on Saturday, the hashtag “TwitterDown” became popular.
On Saturday morning, a large number of users reported having trouble using Twitter, and by the afternoon, hundreds of issues had been reported, according to the website downdetector.com.
Musk has made significant changes to the business and its platform after purchasing Twitter in October for around $44 billion.
The business eliminated about 75% of its 7,500-person workforce in an effort to drastically reduce expenses, raising questions about Twitter’s ability to sustain its platform.
In April, the company began phasing out legacy “blue check marks.”
Now, users who pay a monthly subscription fee and meet certain eligibility criteria can get a check mark and be considered verified.
Musk made his decision to leave his position as CEO official in May after promising in December to do so as soon as he found someone “foolish enough to take the job.” Musk is a millionaire entrepreneur.
Linda Yaccarino, who formerly led NBCUniversal’s ad sales, took over for Musk.
At the time, Musk, who is in charge of Tesla and Space X, said he intended to change positions to become executive chairman and chief technology officer.