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Twitter Temporarily Sets Rate Limits for Users, Blames ‘Extreme Levels of Data Scraping’

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Elon Musk set off early fireworks on Saturday after Twitter users were met with “rate limit exceeded” messages.

Musk told Twitter users that the company was temporarily limiting how many posts people could see per day to “address extreme levels of data scraping.”

The perplexing business move was met with ire and comedy on the social media platform that Musk has owned since last fall. Musk, too, seemed in on the joke, retweeting one of his own parody accounts.

Tech and ad industry veterans told the AP that the move is “remarkably bad” and may create new problems for Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino, who just started her role in June.

Related: Who Is Linda Yaccarino? Everything to Know About Twitter’s New CEO

A few hours after the initial announcement, Musk upped the limit to 10,000 for verified users, 1,000 for unverified, and 500 for new unverified users.

Entrepreneur did not reach out to Twitter for comment because the one-time $44 billion company responds to all press requests with a poop emoji.

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