In a surprising move, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk announced the implementation of daily limits on Twitter, causing widespread access issues for thousands of users, Investors King reports.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO took to the social media platform on Saturday to inform his followers of the new restrictions, which he claimed were necessary to combat “extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation.”
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
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2023
Under the new policy, verified Twitter accounts are now limited to reading a maximum of 6,000 posts per day. However, the restrictions are even more severe for unverified accounts, with their daily reading capacity dropping drastically to a mere 600 posts. New unverified users face the most stringent limitations, being allowed access to only 300 posts each day.
Musk emphasized that these restrictions are temporary and aimed at addressing the growing concerns of data scraping and system manipulation on the platform.
Since Musk’s acquisition of Twitter late last year, the site has experienced several widespread outages, and this latest move seems to be an attempt to tackle these ongoing challenges.
However, the implementation of these daily limits has resulted in a wave of access problems for Twitter users. Many individuals attempting to access or post content on the Twitter website or mobile app were met with frustrating error messages, such as “Rate limit exceeded” or “Cannot retrieve tweets.” The disruption caused a surge of reports on the website Downdetector, with over 7,300 users encountering issues with Twitter as of 11 a.m. ET.
This recent outage is not the first time Twitter has faced technical difficulties in recent months. In February, users experienced a 90-minute period where they were unable to post on the site due to exceeding the daily tweet limit. Additionally, in March, users encountered temporary difficulties in clicking on links or loading images.
Coinciding with some of these outages, Twitter has also faced challenges in the form of a data center closure and significant layoffs. Elon Musk defended these measures as necessary for the financial health of the company.
Twitter users worldwide are now grappling with the consequences of these new limitations, as they adjust to the reduced capacity for reading posts and engaging with content. While Musk’s intentions to combat data scraping and system manipulation are commendable, the sudden implementation of these restrictions has caught many users off guard, causing frustration and raising questions about the future of Twitter under his ownership.
As the social media landscape continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how Twitter users will adapt to these changes and whether Elon Musk’s measures will indeed address the platform’s underlying issues.
Meta Announces Upcoming Business Verification and Innovative Features for WhatsApp
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, on Tuesday announced plans to commence verification of businesses on WhatsApp.
Nikila Srinivasan, Meta’s Vice President of Business Messaging, shared the exciting news.
Meta’s aim is to bolster user trust through platform-granted verifications, signify the legitimacy of businesses and assure users of their authenticity.
To attain this coveted Meta verification, businesses must substantiate their credibility to Meta, reaping rewards such as a verified badge, enhanced account support, and safeguarding against impersonation.
Srinivasan further elaborated on the forthcoming features, stating, “For businesses interested in signing up, Meta Verified will offer additional premium features. These include the ability to create a customized WhatsApp page that can be easily discovered through web searches, as well as multi-device support, enabling multiple employees to efficiently respond to customer inquiries. We plan to initiate testing of Meta Verified with small businesses using the WhatsApp Business app before extending it to businesses on the WhatsApp Business Platform in the near future.”
In addition to the verification system, Meta also unveiled another exciting feature called “Flows.” This innovation will empower businesses to provide a comprehensive range of services without requiring users to leave the chat.
Srinivasan explained, “With Flows, businesses will have the capability to offer rich menus and customizable forms to cater to diverse user needs. We aim to make Flows available to businesses worldwide through the WhatsApp Business Platform in the coming weeks.”
This strategic move by Meta not only bolsters the credibility of businesses on WhatsApp but also introduces user-friendly features that are expected to enhance the overall user experience.
As Meta continues to invest in evolving its platforms, business owners and users alike can look forward to an increasingly innovative and secure WhatsApp environment.
Reddit Unveils Mod Helper Program to Mend Frayed Moderator Relations
In response to escalating tensions between Reddit and its moderators, the social media giant is launching the “Mod Helper Program” as part of its efforts to mend relations with its community of moderators.
The program aims to reward moderators who provide valuable assistance to their peers, coupled with an enhanced moderator help center.
The root of this issue lies in the fallout from Reddit’s API pricing changes, which led to the shutdown of several third-party apps that many moderators relied on for managing their subreddits.
Reddit’s native moderation tools were seen as lacking compared to these now-defunct third-party apps, sparking discontent among moderators. To protest the API pricing changes, some moderators even made their subreddits private, leading to the removal of entire mod teams by Reddit’s administrators.
The Mod Helper Program is structured as a tiered system that bestows trophies and flairs upon moderators who receive upvotes for their comments in the r/ModSupport subreddit.
The various ranks, ranging from “Helper” to “Expert Helper,” serve to acknowledge and highlight moderators who consistently offer valuable insights to their fellow moderators.
Reddit’s commitment to fostering a more supportive atmosphere among moderators is also reflected in the recent launch of the Modmail Answer Bot.
This automated tool responds with relevant links from the site’s Help Center and, if necessary, creates a ticket for human admin intervention, streamlining moderator requests and allowing the admin team to focus on more complex issues.
Also, Reddit is consolidating its moderator-specific Help Center with the sitewide Help Center to improve resource accessibility.
X (Formerly Twitter) Announces Enhanced Ad Revenue Sharing for Content Creators
X, formerly known as Twitter, has unveiled significant updates to its advertising revenue-sharing program, benefiting content creators by lowering eligibility thresholds and offering greater incentives.
Within a three-month span, the platform has reduced the required impressions for ad revenue sharing from 15 million to 5 million, allowing more individuals to participate in the program.
In addition to this, X has lowered the payout threshold for ads revenue sharing from $50 to just $10. This change has an intriguing implication: eligible users may now potentially enjoy X Premium, previously known as “Twitter Blue,” for free.
Elon Musk, a prominent figure known for his influence on social media, emphasized the implications of these changes in a tweet.
He stated, “This essentially means that X Premium (fka Twitter Blue) is free for accounts that generate above 5M views.”
Musk also highlighted the importance of verified accounts in this context, as views from unverified accounts can be easily manipulated by malicious actors using bots.
X Premium is Twitter’s premium subscription service designed to elevate the quality of conversations on the platform. This opt-in, paid subscription offers features such as a blue checkmark on the account and early access to select features, providing users with an enhanced experience.
For those interested in signing up for X Premium, the process is straightforward. Users can follow these steps:
- Open the Profile menu on the app or the side navigation on x.com.
- Select “Premium.”
- Click the “Subscribe” button.
- If necessary, verify your phone number.
- Follow the in-app purchase instructions for iOS or Android and confirm the subscription payment on the web.
Regarding the calculation of Twitter’s ads revenue, eligible users must generate enough verified replies to begin receiving payments.
The monetized portion of tweets will come from replies within tweet threads, provided the replies are impressions made by verified users.
These monetized Ad Revenue earnings will be shared directly with the user’s Stripe Express account. Once the minimum threshold of $10 is reached, users will receive the funds.
This significant update from X not only expands the pool of eligible content creators but also creates a more accessible and attractive platform for those seeking to engage with premium features while generating ad revenue.
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