There were delays and difficulties for thousands of Twitter users across several countries on Saturday.
According to those who use the app in the US, “Rate Limit Exceeded” is the top trending topic, followed by “#TwitterDown.”. As of Saturday noon, over 40,000 tweets had been posted about the former.
According to DownDetector, reports of outages began around 8 am EST and spiked throughout the morning. The DownDetector website showed more than 7,400 outage reports as of noon EST.
A number of CNN journalists reported their feeds weren’t loading and that they received an error message saying, “Sorry, you are rate limited.”. Try again in a few minutes. Others reported the site was unable to retrieve tweets.
Elon Musk changes policy
The site’s billionaire owner Elon Musk tweeted shortly after users began reporting problems that temporary limits had been implemented “to address extreme levels of data scraping.”
A verified account can read 6,000 posts a day, while an unverified account can only read 600. Every day, 300 posts are made by new unverified accounts.
Users who sign up for Twitter Blue will receive a blue verification checkmark.
Musk announced later that he would increase the limit “soon” to 8,000 tweets per day for verified users, 800 for unverified users, and 400 for new unverified accounts.
Several people expressed frustration with the connection problems. “Wtf twitter” and “Thanks Elon” also trended in the US.
Twitter recently restricted access to its platform for users without an account. It wasn’t clear whether the change was intentional or a bug. The website and app both had the most problems reported Saturday, with 44% and 39% respectively.
A poop emoji was tweeted by Twitter as a response to CNN’s request for comment.
In March, Twitter users experienced similar wide-ranging outages, one of the biggest since Elon Musk took over. There were more than 8,000 reports of disruptions in that instance.
Musk is trying to turn around the platform, which faced an exodus of advertisers, with the onboarding of a new CEO, Linda Yaccarino.