Friday evening, Twitter announced that the number of private messages per day would be limited for users who are not subscribers to its paid formula. The ad received a lot of negative comments.
Twitter will impose a limit on the number of daily private messages
Since the arrival of Elon Musk at the helm of Twitter, the social network has experienced many changes, and the latest concerns the number of private messages that can be sent per day. Indeed, it was announced on Friday that these will be limited, for users who are not subscribed to Twitter Blue.
To justify this choice, the alleged reason given is a desire to reduce the number of spam:
“We will soon be implementing some changes in our efforts to reduce spam in Direct Messages. Unverified accounts will have daily limits on the number of PMs they can send. »
Rather than offering attractive new features to promote its paid plan, it therefore seems that Twitter chooses to restrict features that have been free until now. To date, Twitter Blue costs 9.6 euros per month or 100.8 euros per year.
Unsurprisingly, the news was not received particularly favorably and many users instead denounced a strategy to push to subscribe to a paid subscription :
It seems like messages between mutuals should be exempt.
The people I made the decision to follow, and who follow me as well, are not where the spam is coming from.
If you make mutuals pay $8/mo to message each other, it will look like it’s more about the money than the spam.
— Amygator 🐊 *not an actual alligator (@AmyA1A) July 21, 2023
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An already existing solution
In addition, other users have pointed the finger that a filter already existed so that an account could choose who is able to write to it or not. Indeed, all you have to do is go to the settings, to follow “Privacy and Safety” and “Direct Messages” in order to modify the settings.
Thus, the angle of attack chosen here to reduce bots and spam can challenge, while features already exist.
At the same time, said bots are still particularly present on Twitter on other aspects that have not yet been taken care of, whether in comments under publications or through untimely identifications, and particularly in the cryptocurrency sector.
At this time, Twitter has yet to share the cap that will be imposed by the upcoming limits.
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