Twitter users are outraged and using the hashtag ‘RIPTwitter’ after owner Elon Musk announced plans to limit the number of posts users can see.
Musk tweeted on Saturday morning reporting the number of tweets a user can see in a day on his platform. His motive, he explained, was “to address extreme levels of data mining and system manipulation.”
Users who spend $8 a month to become verified users can see up to 6,000 tweets per day. Unverified users can see up to 600 tweets per day and new unverified accounts can see up to 300 tweets per day.
After Musk enforced the new limits, more than 7,000 users in the United States reported crashes and outages on the social media platform and created the hashtag.
Multiple users posted memes or threatened to leave the platform over the limits, saying they were done with Twitter.
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A screenshot shows what a user on the social media platform experiences with the new rules. Many users were outraged by the move and created a ‘RIPTwitter’ hashtag in response.
A screenshot of some of the anger many users feel when they threaten to leave the platform over limits.
One Twitter user wrote, with an image of a tombstone, that: “It was great while it lasted. But Musk has really screwed over the dog of 40 billion.
While another user threatened to leave the site entirely, saying, “I’ll be living without social media at this point, it might be a blessing in disguise.”
A meme posted on the site showed a tombstone and listed Twitter’s date of death as 2023 and the cause as ‘Elon Musk’.
One user tweeted “why did they let him cook?”
Some users even referenced Musk’s other business, Tesla cars.
The ‘RIPTwitter’ hashtag was all over the social media site after outrage from users and some of the new rules.
Twitter users have complained about the new rules, some saying it has prevented them from seeing their own Tweets.
The memes have filled Twitter with people annoyed by the changes to limit their views
Some users begged Musk to undo the limits
Musk himself has mocked the backlash. His initial Tweet about the limit has been viewed more than 458 million times. In response, Musk noted that “in another exercise in irony, this post achieved a record-high view count!”
The Twitter owner added: “Oh, the irony of hitting limits due to complaints about viewing limits.”
Musk announced the limits to discourage excessive ‘data scraping’ and system tampering.
Although the Twitter chief did not define “data deletion,” he did use a similar phrase when users complained on Friday when they were asked to log in to view posts on Twitter.
“We were looting data so much it was degrading service for normal users,” Musk tweeted.
He also noted that “several hundred organizations (perhaps more) were extremely aggressively mining data from Twitter.” Mediate informed.
Musk, who called the sweeping change an “emergency measure,” later said the number of views would rise to 800 tweets a day for those who are not verified.
Unverified users will only have access to 400 tweets, while verified users will be able to see up to 8,000 per day.
Some questioned the limits, citing Musk’s free speech statements and his desire to make Twitter more open to all points of view.
Musk posted about the limits, and his Tweet on the subject has had more than 458 million views.
The Twitter owner has also joked about some of the reactions to his announced limits.
The limits were set on Saturday morning, about five hours after the rig went down. The reason for Saturday’s crash was unclear, but some speculated it was a record number of visitors to the site.
During the lockdown, users complained that the site wouldn’t load tweets, and many could only see Friday night posts.
The issue told users their ‘rate limit’ was exceeded or the site ‘cannot retrieve tweets’, leading many to criticize Musk’s handling of the platform as the latest of several massive failures that occurred under his reign.
According to online usage tracker Down Detector, Twitter experienced a large spike in interruptions around 8 a.m. ET on Saturday.
Users flooded the tracking site with complaints about the frustrating glitch, with many blaming Musk for the problem.
It’s the third time the company has faced outages this year, after links stopped working and images failed to load for millions of users in March, while others were even unable to log in for days.
Earlier in February it was reported that many Twitter users were unable to tweet, follow accounts or access their direct messages.
Musk doubled down on his unpopular push to push authentication among users when he addressed the issue on Friday, tweeting: “Any social media company that allows unauthenticated access will become a bot-filled hellhole as soon as it’s relevant.”
It comes after the platform has faced turbulent times in the wake of last year’s successful $44 billion acquisition of Musk.
His bombastic style reportedly left some shareholders concerned about his long-term future at the helm of the platform, prompting Musk to step down as chief executive and appoint media executive Linda Yaccarino to the role in May.
Musk has come under scrutiny for some decisions he made before hiring Yaccarino, including removing blue check authentication for those who don’t pay $8 a month for Twitter Blue.
In the months after the platform’s acquisition, Musk also laid off a large number of his workforce as he sought to cut staff and make the site run more efficiently.