Elon Musk places a studying paywall on Twitter

Twitter CEO Elon Musk continues accountable the social media website’s new limitations on “information scrapers & system manipulation” as he introduced new “momentary” limits on what number of posts individuals can learn. Musk tweeted late Friday that the “drastic & speedy motion was mandatory” due to AI corporations “from startups to among the largest companies on Earth” scraping “huge quantities of information.”

Now unverified accounts will solely be capable of see 600 posts per day, and for “new” unverified accounts, simply 300 in a day. The bounds for verified accounts (presumably whether or not they’re purchased as part of the Twitter Blue subscription, granted via a company, or verification Elon compelled on individuals like Stephen King, LeBron James, and anybody else with greater than 1,000,000 followers) nonetheless permit studying solely a most of 6,000 posts per day.

Shortly after that, Musk tweeted that the speed limits would “quickly” improve to eight,000 tweets for verified customers, 800 for unverified, and 400 for brand spanking new unverified accounts.

The restrictions are being utilized sooner or later after Twitter out of the blue began blocking entry for anybody who isn’t logged in, which Musk claimed was mandatory as a result of “A number of hundred organizations (perhaps extra) have been scraping Twitter information extraordinarily aggressively, to the purpose the place it was affecting the true person expertise.”

When YouTube character MrBeast replied, saying he was going to see how lengthy it takes for him to take a look at 6,000 posts, Musk responded, “Must be lower than 1 hour and 9 minutes!”

The change is only one of a number of methods Musk has tried to monetize Twitter within the final a number of months. The corporate introduced a three-tier API change in March that might start charging for the usage of its API, simply three months after lastly rolling out the revamped $8 monthly Twitter Blue pay-for-verification scheme. Musk has additionally changed himself with a brand new CEO, Linda Yaccarino. The previous advert exec from NBC Common has been employed to revive relationships with advertisers that had slashed their spending on Twitter.

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