Twitter recently made significant changes to address issues related to data scraping and system manipulation on its platform. It implemented a mandatory login requirement, forcing users to log into their accounts to view tweets and user profiles.
Elon Musk acknowledged the change and referred to it as a “temporary emergency measure.” Musk explained that the decision was prompted by extensive data looting that was degrading service quality for regular users.
To further combat the escalating levels of data scraping and system manipulation, Musk has announced temporary limits on post viewing. Initially, verified accounts were limited to reading 6000 posts per day, unverified accounts to 600 posts per day, and new unverified accounts to 300 posts per day.
However, a few hours later, Musk provided an update, revising the limits to 10,000 posts per day for verified accounts, 1,000 posts per day for unverified accounts, and 500 posts per day for new unverified accounts.
These temporary limitations and required login requirement modifications may have an impact on user accessibility and convenience, but they are necessary procedures to ensure the platform’s integrity and security.
It remains to be seen how long these safeguards will be in effect and whether Twitter will look into other ways to counteract data scraping while keeping a consistent user experience.