Twitter outage frustrates users and prompts Elon Musk to respond to post reading limits

Thousands of Twitter users reported that they were unable to use the social media app on Saturday, prompting hashtags that included “TwitterDown” and “RateLimitExceeded.”

The outage began on Saturday morning around 8 a.m. EST and continued throughout the afternoon, According to DownDetector. As of 1 p.m., there have been more than 7,000 outage reports regarding the site.

Some users reported issues that included the inability to retrieve Tweets, or the error message, “Sorry, you are limited in price. Please wait a few moments and try again.”

Elon Musk, who took over the platform in 2022, tweeted at around 1 p.m. about post reading limits to “address extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation,” saying the following limits were temporarily applied: Verified accounts are limited to reading 6,000 posts per day, Unverified accounts reach 600 posts per day and new unverified accounts reach 300 per day.

Later in the afternoon, he tweeted that “price limits will go up soon”, raising the daily limits to 8,000 posts for verified accounts, 800 for unverified accounts and 400 for new unverified accounts. By evening, he said he had raised the limits “now to 10k, 1k and 0.5k”.

Others have tweeted directly at Musk, saying things like, “Hey Elon, my twitter is not working” and “Limit on reading tweets?”

Twitter users experienced widespread outages in the service in March, one of the biggest outages since Musk took over. More than 8,000 users have reported disruptions.

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