Late into 2022, talks were escalating that Elon Musk, one of the richest men on Earth was planning on buying Twitter. While everyone thought that this was false information that was taking its turns on media outlets as well as Twitter, by October it became extremely evident that this information was in fact true when Musk finally bought Twitter.
Following this, there were many ups and downs, and for old-class Twitter users, the changes were almost all negative as Elon Musk must not only introduce a premium version of the application but also changed the logo to the face of a dog in-app.
And now, in a bid to address the escalating use of Twitter's data by artificial intelligence (AI) companies and combat the issues arising from extensive data scraping, Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Twitter, has announced temporary restrictions on the number of tweets users can read per day. According to Musk, this move is being taken in order to introduce a delicate balance between safeguarding data security and ensuring a smooth user experience on the platform.
Though Musk has stated that his decision to impose limits on tweet reading is seeking to mitigate the excessive data scraping practices employed by third-party entities, for those who live and breathe Twitter, this news is nothing but bad news as this heavily limits the possibility of scrolling through an endless feed of threads up on threads of entertainment and information.
With this change, Twitter is going to be heavily split into two: Verified Vs. Non-verified users. Under this new restriction, verified Twitter accounts will be allowed to read up to 6,000 tweets per day while non-verified users, which constitute the majority of Twitter users will be facing a limit of 600 tweets per day.
With this change, Musk has expressed his frustration with the situation, highlighting the significant effort required to manage the influx of AI-driven data requests. He emphasized that the sudden surge in server capacity to accommodate the demands of AI startups has become increasingly burdensome, especially considering the inflated valuations associated with these ventures.
Twitter's decision to limit tweets reading is not an isolated incident in the face of the AI industry's rapid expansion. Other social media platforms, such as Reddit, have also grappled with the repercussions of widespread AI adoption and data scraping. In response, they have revised their data access policies, often resulting in higher costs for third-party developers and increased restrictions on data usage.