More controversial changes are coming to Twitter, with the social media platform set to implement daily direct message (DM) limits for unauthenticated users.
In a July 21 tweet, Twitter support said the platform “soon will be making some changes in our efforts to reduce spam in Direct Messages.”
Urging users to sign up for the subscription service Twitter Blue, it said, “Unverified accounts have a daily limit on the number of DMs they can send.”
We’ll be making some changes soon to reduce spam in Direct Messages. Unverified accounts have a daily limit on the number of DMs they can send. Subscribe today to send more messages: https://t.co/0CI4NTRw75
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) 21 July 2023
It is not specified what the daily limits will be at this stage, but there has been a relatively negative reaction in the comments, with both verified and unverified expressing their thoughts on the move.
Top Comment User @FGRAdam has over 1000 likes at the time of writing and offers a skeptical view of the upcoming change:
“Changes like this are going to cause other apps to compete, don’t limit your users to the basics, Twitter is not about that. The purpose of paying for Twitter Blue is so that we have additional features so that a commonly used, free feature is not taken away and put a paywall behind it.
“In our opinion, this is a sales funnel to get more users to verify and engage [Twitter] blue, not to prevent spam,” couple Popular citizen journalist account @AustimCapital.
Many users also argued that banning DMs for unverified accounts would likely only allow verified accounts to spam DMs.
While others suggested that the move is about fighting spam rather than Twitter forcing people to pay for verification to cover its huge operating costs.
Looks like Twitter can no longer afford enough server capacity to support DMs. https://t.co/6ovxRxNPVL
— David Olsen (@DDsD) 21 July 2023
This impending move comes after several radical changes to the platform launched under the ownership of Elon Musk.
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On July 1, in an effort to prevent data scraping and “system manipulation”, Twitter imposed a significant speed limit on the number of posts users could view on a daily basis.
Then Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Launched a Twitter Alternative Called instagram threads, Which generated a lot of initial publicity and a large user base, only to introduce its own rate cap on July 18.
In April, Twitter also introduced content monetization settings to its platform, allowing creators worldwide to monetize all types of posts.
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