Elon Musk announced On Saturday, Twitter announced that Twitter was “temporarily capping” the number of posts users can read per day, with limits based on account status.
Accounts “verified” on the platform are allowed to read 8,000 posts per day, Musk, who owns the site, tweeted. Unverified accounts are limited to 800 posts per day. Most restrictively, newly registered unverified accounts are limited to just 400 posts per day. Users could be banned from their accounts if they exceed their limits. The Associated Press reported.
The numbers reflect one the change to the limits Musk set earlier on Saturday when he initially limited the number of posts read per day to 6,000 for verified accounts, 600 for unverified accounts, and 300 for newly registered unverified accounts.
The announcement came after thousands of Twitter users reported problems accessing the app on Saturday. Accordingly CNBCUsers received error messages saying “rate limit exceeded” or “cannot fetch tweets” when trying to open Twitter or post content through the website and mobile app.
This isn’t the first major issue that users of the platform have faced in recent months. In February, Twitter crashed at least four timesfollowed by Users get error messages when trying to load the website or view links in the app in March.
Musk didn’t say how long the temporary restrictions would be enforced, but did say one tweet They were launched on Saturday to “fight extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation.” On Friday, he also restricted access to Twitter content for those without an account for similar reasons.
Musk has made one since taking over Twitter in October series of changes to the platform, including Accounts will be stripped of their “old” verified status in favor of the payee Twitter Blue program. Around 5,500 people were released resigned from the company since October, which many feel has contributed to one Degradation of platform reliability.