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Recent usage limits on Twitter were put in place to “detect and weed out bots and other bad actors,” the company said on Tuesday, adding that only a “small percentage” of users are currently affected.
“To ensure the authenticity of our user base, we must take extreme measures to remove spam and bots from our platform,” Twitter said. in a blog post. “Any notice of these actions would have allowed bad actors to alter their behavior to evade detection.”
The company said the actions were aimed at preventing accounts from harvesting public user data to create artificial intelligence models and manipulate platform usage.
Twitter owner Elon Musk announced the limits on Saturday, saying users would only be allowed to read a certain number of posts per day due to “extreme levels of data scraping” and “system manipulation”.
Twitter billed the restrictions as temporary, and they were prioritized based on a user’s verification status on the platform. The update came as many Twitter users were encountering error messages when trying to access the platform.
“Currently, the restrictions affect a small percentage of people using the platform, and we will provide an update when the work is complete. For our customers, the effects on advertising have been minimal,” Twitter said Tuesday.