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Twitter down for thousands of users: Downdetector

Reason not clear yet, Musk says Twitter applies temporary limit to address data scraping, system manipulation

Twitter was down for thousands of users across the world on Saturday, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.

There were more than 6,000 incidents where people reported having issues with Twitter in the United States, while over 5,000 complaints were reported from the United Kingdom.

Users in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkiye and Germany, also reported facing problems with Twitter.

 The cursor on the screenshot shows the number of complaints reported in the US on July 1, 2023.
The cursor on the screenshot shows the number of complaints reported in the US on July 1, 2023.

 The cursor on the screenshot shows the number of complaints reported in Pakistan on July 1, 2023.
The cursor on the screenshot shows the number of complaints reported in Pakistan on July 1, 2023.

Twitter has applied temporary reading limits to address “extreme levels” of data scraping and system manipulation, Elon Musk said in a post on the social media platform on Saturday.

Verified accounts are temporarily limited to reading 6,000 posts a day, Musk said, adding that the unverified accounts and new unverified accounts are limited to reading 600 posts a day and 300 posts per day respectively.

That comes after Twitter had announced that it will require users to have an account on the social media platform to view tweets, a move that Musk on Friday called a “temporary emergency measure.”

 A screenshot of Elon Musk tweet.
A screenshot of Elon Musk tweet.

Musk had said that hundreds of organizations or more were scraping Twitter data “extremely aggressively”, impacting user experience.

Musk had earlier expressed displeasure with artificial intelligence firms like OpenAI, the owner of ChatGPT, for using Twitter’s data to train their large language models.

The social media platform had previously taken a number of steps to win back advertisers who had left Twitter under Musk’s ownership and to boost subscription revenue by making verification check marks a part of the Twitter Blue program.

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