Twitter Users Face Outage, Musk Announces Temporary Read Limits

Twitter Users Face Outage, Musk Announces Temporary Read Limits
Temporary Read Limits

Twitter Users Face Outage, Musk Announces Temporary Read Limits

Twitter Users Face Outage, Musk Announces Temporary Read Limits

Twitter users across several countries experienced an outage on Saturday, with many reporting that they were unable to access the site or were met with delays.

The outage began around 8am EST and lasted for several hours. According to DownDetector, a website that tracks website outages, more than 7,400 users reported problems with Twitter during the outage.

In a tweet, Elon Musk, who recently acquired Twitter, said that the outage was due to “extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation.” He also announced that Twitter would be temporarily limiting the number of tweets that users could read per day in order to address the issue.

Verified accounts would be limited to reading 6,000 tweets per day, while unverified accounts would be limited to 600. New unverified accounts would be limited to 300.

Musk said that the limits would be “increasing soon” to 8,000 tweets per day for verified users, 800 for unverified, and 400 for new unverified accounts.

The outage comes just days after Twitter appeared to be restricting access to its platform for anyone not logged into an account. It was not clear whether the change was an intentional policy update or a glitch.

Twitter has not yet commented on the outage or the temporary read limits.

Key Takeaways:

  • Twitter users across several countries experienced an outage on Saturday.
  • The outage was due to “extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation.”
  • Elon Musk announced that Twitter would be temporarily limiting the number of tweets that users could read per day.
  • The limits would be “increasing soon” to 8,000 tweets per day for verified users, 800 for unverified, and 400 for new unverified accounts.
  • Twitter has not yet commented on the outage or the temporary read limits.

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