Elon Musk’s Twitter Revelation Stuns Netizens, as the Billionaire Limits Daily Scroll Time to Tackle Online Overload

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Could Elon Musk’s groundbreaking move to impose daily limits on Twitter scrolling be the key to combatting our digital overload, or is it just the beginning of a profound shift in social media consumption?

Elon Musk, the proprietor of Twitter, has implemented restrictions on the daily number of tweets users can access, aiming to mitigate unauthorised data scraping activities that target the platform’s potentially valuable information. 

In a departure from its longstanding practice of allowing open browsing, Twitter now requires users to log in to view tweets and profiles. Consequently, individuals may be unable to access the site for the day if they surpass the limit by scrolling through numerous tweets. 

Are the New Limits a Necessary Shield Against Data Pillaging or an Infringement on Users’ Freedom of Expression?

Over the weekend, a significant number of users expressed their dissatisfaction with the inability to access Twitter.

In a tweet on Friday, Musk referred to the new restrictions as a temporary measure. “The action was necessary due to the excessive data pillaging, which had been negatively impacting the service quality for regular users.”

The implementation also responds to Musk’s concerns about using Twitter data to train artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT, which generate text, images, videos, and other content. 

Unverified accounts will have a temporary restriction of 600 posts per day, while verified accounts can browse through up to 6,000 posts. 

Following the backlash, Musk revised the thresholds to 800 posts for unverified accounts and 8,000 for verified accounts, eventually settling on 1,000 and 10,000 tweets, respectively. As a consequence of this crackdown, more than 7,500 individuals experienced difficulties accessing the social media service, according to reports on DownDetector, a website that monitors online outages. 

Although this figure represents a relatively small portion of Twitter’s global user base of over 200 million, the impact was significant enough to make the hashtag #TwitterDown trend in certain regions. 

Is Charging Verified Accounts the Right Move to Salvage Twitter’s Declining Income, or Will It Further Divide Users and Drive Advertisers Away?

The higher post threshold for verified accounts is one feature of a $8-per-month subscription service introduced by Musk earlier this year to bolster Twitter’s revenue. 

Since Musk assumed control and subsequent workforce downsizing to mitigate financial difficulties, Twitter’s revenue has significantly declined. 

Advertisers have scaled back their spending on the platform, partly due to policy changes that have permitted the dissemination of occasionally offensive and controversial content, alienating a broader audience segment. 

To regain advertisers’ trust, Musk recently appointed Linda Yaccarino, a long-serving executive from NBC Universal, as the CEO of Twitter. 

When asked for a comment about the access issues experienced on Saturday, Twitter responded with a generic automated message that did not address the specific question.

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