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Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino is on board with Elon Musk’s decision to limit the tweets users can see on a daily basis.
“When you have a mission like Twitter – you have to make big moves to continue to strengthen the platform. This work is meaningful and ongoing,” Yaccarino tweeted along with an official statement from the social network.
Twitter released a statement explaining to users that they would be restricted on the digital platform in an effort to combat bots and spam.
“To ensure the authenticity of our user base, we must take extreme measures to remove spam and bots from our platform,” it said statement.
Twitter users were surprised when the social network became sparkling over the weekend. The problems continued with little explanation of what happened. According to Twitter’s statement, the company did not warn its users in advance, as “any advance notice of these actions would have allowed bad actors to change their behavior to avoid detection.”
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The goal of the speed limits is to prevent bots from “scraping people’s public Twitter data to build AI models” and to stop “manipulating people and conversation on the platform.”
“Currently, the restrictions affect a small percentage of people using the platform, and we will provide an update once the work is complete. As far as our customers are concerned, the effects on advertising have been minimal,” the statement said. “Although this work will never be done, we are all deeply committed to making Twitter a better place for everyone. Sometimes, even for a brief moment, you have to slow down to speed up. We appreciate your patience.”
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The initial limits on Twitter had verified users limited to reading 6,000 posts a day, unverified users to 600 posts a day and new unverified accounts could only read 300 posts a day. By the end of the day, Musk reported that the limits were raised to 10,000 posts for verified users, 1,000 for unverified users and 500 for new accounts.
Twitter’s statement also comes as Meta prepares to launch a direct competitor called Threads that will be released on July 6.