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02nd Jul 2023

Twitter co-founder reacts to Elon Musk applying reading limits on tweets

Stephen Porzio

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The changes have proven controversial.

Twitter’s co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to the controversial changes to the social network announced this weekend by its current CEO Elon Musk.

On Saturday (1 July), Musk revealed that Twitter had implemented “temporary limits” on the number of tweets users can read in a day.

He said that verified accounts are now limited to reading 6,000 posts per day, unverified accounts to 600 posts per day and new unverified accounts to 300 per day.

In a follow-up tweet, Musk stated that rate limits would increase “soon” so that verified accounts could read 10,000 posts in a day, unverified accounts could read 1,000 in a day and new unverified accounts could read 500 in a day.

The current Twitter CEO, who became the head of the company after acquiring it in October 2022, said he was making the changes “to address extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation”.

Musk’s announcement has proved controversial with many Twitter users, with the hashtag “RIP Twitter” trending on the service. This is as some said in frustration that they will join alternatives to the platform.

Appearing to comment on the controversy, Dorsey posted on his Twitter account: “Steady lads”.

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey

In later tweets, he added: “Running Twitter is hard. I don’t wish that stress upon anyone. I trust that the team is doing their best under the constraints they have, which are immense.

“It’s easy to critique the decisions from afar…which I’m guilty of…but I know the goal is to see Twitter thrive. It will.

“And I do hope they consider building on truly censorship-resistant open protocols like bitcoin and nostr to help ease that burden. Good for all, and critical to preserve the open internet.”

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