Linda Yaccarino, who was only recently promoted to the position of CEO of Twitter, has made her first statement about the contentious decision made by the network to impose temporary reading limitations on its users.
In a tweet that he sent on Tuesday, Yaccarino voiced his unwavering support for the action, praising it as a “big move” and calling it “meaningful.”
When you have a mission like Twitter — you need to make big moves to keep strengthening the platform. This work is meaningful and on-going. Here’s more insight on our work to ensure the authenticity of our user base. 👇 https://t.co/5FzBa3636Z
— Linda Yaccarino (@lindayacc) July 4, 2023
Twitter implements stricter usage limits to combat spam and bots
The page, called “Update on Twitter’s Rate Limits,” said that “we must take extreme measures to remove spam and bots from our platform” to make sure that the platform’s users are real.
It said that putting usage limits in place allowed Twitter workers to “find and get rid of bots and other bad actors that are hurting the platform.” It also said that if bad actors had known about these changes ahead of time, they could have changed their behavior to avoid being found.
The post said that the company is trying to stop fake accounts from taking people’s public Twitter data to build AI models, which is something that Twitter owner Elon Musk hates, and from “manipulating people and conversations on the platform in different ways.”
Twitter said that the restrictions only affect “a small number of people using the platform” right now, and they promised to let people know when the work is done.
“Sometimes, even for just a moment, you have to slow down to speed up.”
Musk said over the weekend that Twitter users should have limits on how much they can read because of “extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation.”
Verified accounts can only read 10,000 posts a day, while unverified accounts can only read 1,000 posts a day and new unconfirmed accounts can only read 500 posts a day. Because of the changes, people now have to log in to see the online form of Twitter.
Users who were tired of the constant problems on Twitter after Musk bought the company for $44 billion in October criticized the changes.
Things got worse on Monday when Twitter announced that users won’t be able to use its web-based TweetDeck dashboard after early August unless they pay for its paid service, Twitter Blue.
The changes are happening during what could be a big week for Twitter. Meta, which owns Facebook, is getting ready to launch a competing app called Threads, and everyone is watching to see how many Twitter users leave.
Linda Yaccarino, who was just named CEO of Twitter, spoke out for the first time about the controversial choice to limit users’ reading for a short time.
The rival Bluesky, founded by Jack Dorsey, a co-founder of Twitter, had a massive influx of new members on Saturday, prompting it to briefly suspend sign-ups.
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