Rate limit explained: Why is Elon Musk restricting how many tweets you can see?

Another day, another problem on Elon Musk’s Twitter.On July 1, Musk tweeted that he would be imposing “temporary limits” on how many tweets users can view in a day. The limits were meant to address “extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation.” These measures came just one day after Twitter began blocking visitors from viewing the site without being logged in, something Musk claimed was a “temporary emergency measure” to prevent data pillaging. SEE ALSO: Twitter now blocks visitors from viewing tweets, and profiles unless they’re logged in What is Twitter’s rate limit?As Musk’s new constraints went into effect, users were greeted by messages that they had exceeded their rate limit for the day and that they could no longer see tweets. When first announced, verified users could view 6,000 posts, unverified accounts could view 600, and new unverified accounts could view 300. The limits have since been increased to 10,000, 1,000, and 500 posts, respectively. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) Musk may have cited data scraping as the primary reason for imposing the rate limits, but according to Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety, that reasoning wasn’t quite adding up. As first reported by Insider, Roth wrote in a thread on Twitter alternative Bluesky that “it just doesn’t pass the sniff test that scraping all of a sudden created such dramatic performance problems that Twitter had no choice but to put everything behind a login.”According to Roth, this isn’t even…Rate limit explained: Why is Elon Musk restricting how many tweets you can see?