Twitter is now limiting the number of tweets you can see each day regardless of whether or not you pay for Twitter Blue. If you subscribe to Elon’s monthly subscription service, you’ll unlikely notice the limitations unless you spend every waking moment on the platform. That’s because Twitter now tallies up every tweet you see and depending on your account, you’ll only be able to see a set number daily.
Twitter users who don’t subscribe to Twitter Blue are now limited to 600 daily tweets. New accounts not subscribed to Twitter Blue are also limited to 300 tweets per day. As for Twitter Blue members, you can see up to 6,000 tweets per day.
This means that if you spend a lot of time on Twitter, you’ll have to cough up the R150 each month if you start seeing your feed restricted because you hit your cap. However, Elon says he does plan on increasing these caps slightly in the weeks ahead. 6,000 for Twitter Blue will go to 8,000 and 800 will be for unverified and 400 for new accounts.
The move has been done to supposedly prevent AI companies from scraping “vast amounts of data” from the platform. Elon claims the move is also “temporary” but didn’t say when he expects Twitter to drop the restrictions.
The Twitter owner claims that the company started blocking access for anyone who isn’t logged in. Musk says that this move was necessary because “Several hundred organizations (maybe more) were scraping Twitter data extremely aggressively, to the point where it was affecting the real user experience.”
The block, which was implemented on Friday last week, saw Twitter lockout information to users who weren’t logged in. So usually, you would be able to click on a link and see a Tweet without actually signing into the platform. That has since changed. Instead, you’ll now be greeted by a login page and will have to sign in to see all Tweets.
While Twitter has never had an issue in the past with data scraping and slow servers due to APIs pulling information off the platform, this is obviously now an ongoing problem according to Musk. Then again, many believe that Twitter has been falling to pieces over the last few months and the platform’s instability is the reason why the user experience has been bad.
Other users now claim that Musk has simply implemented this pay gate on information simply to make money. Perhaps the rollout of Twitter Blue on its own didn’t grab enough subscribers. As a result, Musk has been forced to lock the platform making people pay if they want to see more.