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Elon Musk Implements Temporary Tweeter Restrictions as Users Encounter Access Problems

Over the weekend, a significant number of Twitter users encountered difficulties accessing the popular social media platform, leading to a notable response from Elon Musk. In a tweet on Saturday afternoon, Musk announced that he would be placing temporary limits on the number of tweets users could read per day.

According to Musk’s tweet, verified accounts would be restricted to reading 6,000 posts daily, while unverified accounts would face a much lower limit of 600 posts. New users without verification would have the most stringent restriction, with access limited to just 300 posts per day.

However, Musk wasn’t finished with his announcement. In an update provided shortly after, he revealed that the rate limits would soon be increased to 8,000 for verified users, 800 for unverified accounts, and 400 for new unverified users. Just a few hours later, Musk posted another tweet stating even higher limits of 10,000 posts for verified users, 1,000 for unverified users, and 500 for new unverified users.

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO clarified that these restrictions were only temporary and were primarily introduced to address concerns related to excessive data scraping and system manipulation. This decision comes in response to a recent series of widespread outages that have plagued Twitter since Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform late last year.

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The outage on Saturday resulted in numerous users experiencing difficulties accessing or posting content on Twitter’s website and mobile app. Many encountered error messages such as “Rate limit exceeded” or “Cannot retrieve tweets.” According to Downdetector, over 7,300 individuals reported issues with Twitter around 11 a.m. ET, although the number decreased to the 600s by Saturday night.

When CNBC requested a comment from Twitter regarding the situation, the company responded in its trademark fashion by using the poop emoji.

This latest outage is not the first time Twitter has faced technical difficulties in recent months. In February, users were unable to post on the site for approximately 90 minutes after receiving a message indicating they had reached their daily tweet limit. In March, users encountered temporary issues where they couldn’t click on links or load images.

Some of these outages coincided with reports of a data center closure and significant layoffs at Twitter, which Musk argued were necessary for the company’s financial well-being.

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