Twitter is officially dead. Twitter users have been hit with a rate limit exceeded error all day on July 1, 2023, preventing them from using the app to Tweet, follow, or like tweets. The error message is reportedly due to new restrictions imposed by Elon Musk, the billionaire who recently acquired the social media platform.
In a tweet, The billionaire said that the rate limit error was intentional as he tries to stop “extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation.” He said that he has “applied the following temporary limits” to address the issue:
- Verified accounts are limited to reading 6,000 posts per day.
- Unverified accounts are limited to reading 600 posts per day.
- New unverified accounts are limited to 300 posts per day.
Data scraping is the practice of automatically collecting data from a website or app. It can be used for a variety of purposes, such as tracking user behavior or generating leads. System manipulation is the act of using malicious code or other methods to interfere with the operation of a website or app.
It is unclear why Elon Musk has taken action to crack down on data scraping and system manipulation. However, seeing as people who pay for verification are getting barely limited, it is safe to assume that the greedy man is out to get as many subscribers as possible in the pretense that he is concerned about the security of Twitter’s user data.
The rate limit error has caused widespread frustration among Twitter users. Many users have taken to social media to complain about the issue.
How to Avoid the Rate Limit Error
If you are experiencing the rate limit error on Twitter, you basically just need to find something else to do or like elon has put it “Touch grass again”. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Twitter Blue.
Elon Musk’s Impact on Twitter
Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has already had a significant negative impact on the platform. From massive job loss to crazy downtimes, the man has truly ruined a great app.
It remains to be seen how Musk’s changes will affect Twitter in the long term. However, it is clear the short-term is not looking great.