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Twitter's View Rate Limit / "Rate Limit Exceeded"

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Updated Jul 03, 2023 at 01:44PM EDT by Zach.

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Overview

Twitter's View Rate Limit is a temporary limit for the number of posts users can view daily imposed by Twitter in July 2023. The limit restricted unverified users to view a maximum of 600 posts and verified users to 6,000 posts daily. The introduction of the limit sparked controversy as users accused Twitter owner Elon Musk of using the tactic to increase sales of Twitter Blue, while the phrase "Rate limit exceeded" (the error message shown to users who exceed their limit) went viral. The move was widely mocked, with many arguing (as they had with previous, contentious Musk policies) it would lead to the death of the social platform. The move came soon after Twitter announced that it was temporarily disabling public profiles and requiring users to log in in order to view tweets.

Background

On June 30th, 2023, Twitter[1] withdrew the capacity to browse the website without making a Twitter account, sparking a controversy.


Disclose.tv @disclosetv Subscribe JUST IN - Twitter has completely disabled public profiles. To see tweets, you now have to log in to the platform. 7:12 AM Jun 30, 2023 · 1.4M Views 1,597 Retweets 746 Quotes 7,083 Likes 237 Bookmarks

On July 1st, 2023, Twitter[2] owner Elon Musk wrote that "to address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation," Twitter had decided to apply temporary limits to the number of posts users were able to view daily. The change limited the number of posts for verified accounts to 6,000 per day, for unverified accounts to 600 per day, and for new unverified accounts to 300 per day.


Elon Musk ✔ ✔ @elonmusk To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we've applied the following temporary limits: - Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day - Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day - New unverified accounts to 300/day 1:01 PM · Jul 1, 2023 · 110.9M Views

Scraping is a practice in which large amounts of data are gathered in an automated way from a platform or website, generating significant traffic not tied to human users. Scraping is also a common way in which artificial intelligence large language models like ChatGPT get training data.[13]

Developments

Musk Changes The Limits

Within hours of his initial tweet on July 1st, 2023, Musk then changed the amounts of tweets allocated to users two times, boosting the number of tweets each class of user could see in a day so the new totals were 10,000, 1,000 and 800 (shown below).[6]


Elon Musk @elonmusk 17h Rate limits increasing soon to 8000 for verified, 800 for unverified & 400 for new unverified Elon Musk @elonmusk 19h To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we've applied the following temporary limits: - Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day - Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day - New unverified accounts to 300/day 85.5K Elon Musk @elonmusk Now to 10k, 1k & 0.5k 132.8K 11:49 PM Jul 1, 2023 28.4M Views 182.9K il₁110.6M ↑ 14.2K Retweets 36.7K Quotes 57.8K Likes 1,482 Bookmarks Subscribe :

Online Reactions

The announcement was immediately followed by viral reactions from users on Twitter. On July 1st, 2023, YouTuber Cr1TiKaL tweeted[3] that the change was "an effective way of killing [Twitter]," with the tweet garnering over 3,000 retweets and 39,700 likes in three hours. Also that day, Twitter[4] user @InternetHippo posted a screenshot of Musk's tweet, writing "Just openly begging for money would be less embarrassing than this," implying that the change had an ulterior motive of getting more people to purchase Twitter Blue. The tweet (shown below, right) received 2,200 retweets and 14,800 likes in three hours (shown below, right).


Charlie @MoistCr1TiKaL I couldn't even imagine a more effective way of killing this app aside from just shutting it down outright. This is a huge step in self destruction, I can't help but be impressed Elon Musk @elonmusk 2h To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we've applied the following temporary limits: - Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day - Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day - New unverified accounts to 300/day 1:44 PM Jul 1, 2023 1.1M Views Arriving 30 minutes early @InternetHippo Just openly begging for money would be less embarrassing than this austerity is theft @wideofthepost - 2h this is absolutely insane, he's just completely killed twitter for pretty basic daily users and virtually all content creators, lol Elon Musk @elonmusk To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we've applied the following temporary limits: - Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day - Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day - New unverified accounts to 300/day 1:01 PM 7/1/23.1M Views Subscribe 3,419 Retweets 5,944 Quotes 13.9K Likes 485 Bookmarks 1:13 PM. Jul 1, 2023 364.5K Views :

In the following hours, users made joke posts about using up other people's view limits by "shitposting" and about the error message "rate limit exceeded" that was shown to users when they exceeded their daily limit (example shown below, left). For example, on July 1st, YouTuber[5] Dolan Dark posted an image of a person dipping a chip into a bucket of blue paint captioned "Wasting 1 of your 600 daily posts with this image." The post gained over 480 retweets and 10,100 likes in less than a day (shown below, right).


shoe @shoe nhead good afternoon, this tweet just took away one (1) point from your daily post viewing credit 4:14 PM Jul 1, 2023 14.9K Views Dolan Dark @DolanDark Wasting 1 of your 600 daily posts with this image 200 1:57 PM Jul 1, 2023 167.5K Views

Other responses included posters mocking Musk for his perceived incompetence, such as user @kirawontmiss, who received over 41,300 likes in less than a day for comparing him to Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate and the captain of its infamous Titan submarine, which imploded the week before (seen below, left).[7] Some, such as @TeslaDarth in Musk's replies, begged the Twitter owner for more posts via memes (seen below, right), earning over 10,000 likes in a day.[8]


kira @kirawontmiss. 17h this is how elon musk is running twitter 0:06 245 t 5,313 40.5K CenGate ₁2.2M : ... Please sir.... May I view another tweet?

Social platform and Twitter rival Bluesky had performance issues on July 1st, reportedly due to "record-high traffic" and suspended the creation of new accounts. Many users speculated these technical issues were due to a massive influx of people formerly on Twitter attempting to log on.[12]

Theories and Speculation

As the controversy continued spreading in late June 2023, many began speculating about possible explanations for the move. For example, some users argued that Musk's official reasoning for the new rule (to prevent data scraping) was not the real reason. Certain posters speculated that Twitter's servers might be in a state of disarray and unable to handle usual amounts of traffic, either because the company was short-staffed and had failed to pay a number of its bills or because a self-inflicted bug had damaged the servers — though mere speculation.

On the same Saturday night (July 1st, 2023) that Musk tweeted the view limit announcement, there were widespread outages of Twitter and problems with the site for many users.[9] For example, in a viral post that was reposted to other platforms, Mastodon user Sheldon Chang proposed a theory that Twitter "is DDOSing itself," arguing that the policy of allowing only registered accounts to read tweets had led to an overload on the servers (seen below).[10]


Sheldon Chang @sysop408 This is hilarious. It appears that Twitter is DDOSing itself. The Twitter home feed's been down for most of this morning. Even though nothin loads, the Twitter website never stops trying and trying. In the first video, notice the error message that I'm being rate limited. Then notice the jiggling scrollbar on the right. The second video shows why it's jiggling. Twitter is firing off about 10 requests a second to itself to try and fetch content that never arrives because Elon's latest genius innovation is to block people from being able to read Twitter without logging in. This likely created some hellish conditions that the engineers never envisioned and so we get this comedy of errors resulting in the most epic of self-owns, the self-DDOS. Unbelievable. It's amateur hour. #TwitterDown #Mastodon Migration #DDOS #TwitterFail #SelfDDOS 22h https://twitter.com/sysop408/status/1675135362262 Search eloper Tools-Fella S Changson on Twitter: "@Sky Eyes UK @9black Specifically embedded tweets should still be wor Console Debugger () Style Editor Performance O Memory 14 Network Storage >> 11 + Q @Disable Cache ictor CSS JS XHR Fonts Images Media WS Other

Also on July 1st, Twitter user @BenCollins argued along similar lines, saying the new policy was purportedly a cover-up for deeper back-end problems at Twitter, earning almost 68,000 likes in less than a day (seen below).[11]


Rubin Safaya @rubinsafaya - 18h Let's say you are a huge platform on AWS, like Twitter is, and you aren't paying your bill. The first thing they're going to do is meter your usage, then they're going to throttle your usage. So, what Elon is really admitting is that he DIDN'T PAY HIS F--KING AMAZON BILL. /2 123 4,875 19.1K ₁1M ↑

Twitter Disables Public Profiles

Twitter Disables Public Profiles refers to Twitter's decision to withdraw the capacity to browse the website without making a Twitter account. News about Twitter's policy requiring a Twitter account to view tweets broke on June 30th, with various users reacting to the event and speculating about what it means for the future of the website. Reactions to the news touched on discussions about the enshittification of social media and the internet. Possible unintended consequences of the move include the inability to access archived versions of deleted tweets, and the inability to view a tweet by a blocked account on a separate incognito tab.

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Looks like Elon's made paying for a blue check the only way to really interact with twitter. Really, this seems like the inevitable route of the blue check monetization: start with "added" features that priveleges paying users over those who don't care to pay, being annoying yet harmless in that regard; later down line force the userbase into the paid option by puposely making the free option far less functional as a unsubtle coax to buy into the new artificial demand of simply not having a shitty experience.

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