Twitter has applied temporary daily reading limits to address “extreme levels” of data scraping and system manipulation, Elon Musk has said.
In a tweet, Musk said verified accounts have been temporarily limited to reading 6,000 posts a day.
Unverified Twitter accounts have been limited to reading 600 posts a day, while new unverified accounts can only view 300 posts a day.
Depending on how many tweets you’ve viewed today – and whether or not you’re verified – you might be able to read his message here.
However, if you’re one of the Twitter users seeing a message stating “rate limit exceeded”, you can see his post here.
The announcement soon led to RIP Twitter and #Twitterdown trending on the social media site.
Musk, who is also the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, has not said how long the temporary limits will last for.
People started reporting problems shortly after midday UK time, according to problem and outage monitoring site Downdetector. By 6pm, the website had received thousands of reports.
The latest move comes after Twitter previously announced that it will require users to have an account on the social media platform in order to view tweets, a move that Musk on Friday called a “temporary emergency measure”.
The billionaire completed a $44bn (£35bn) takeover of the social media site in October 2022, and in April introduced a payment system for “blue ticks”, or verified accounts. Subscribers are able to post longer tweets and are also able to make changes to published tweets, see about half as many adverts, and use non-fungible token (NFT) profile pictures.
High-profile figures and celebrities said the move leaves the platform open to imposters and disinformation, while Twitter has said the service “elevates quality conversations”.
Since the entrepreneur’s acquisition, Twitter has cut costs dramatically and laid off thousands of employees, including many who had worked on efforts to prevent harmful and illegal content, protect election integrity, and surface accurate information on the site.
In December, just weeks after the takeover, he tweeted: “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job.”
In May, then NBCUniversal executive Linda Yaccarino was announced as Twitter’s new chief executive, with Musk, 52, saying he would take up the role of executive chairman.
The pledge came after millions of Twitter users asked him to step down in a poll Mr Musk created and promised to abide by.