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Foe-turned-friend: Elon Musk gets surprise support after Twitter reading limit

Over the weekend, Twitter generated a lot of discussion with two significant changes. The first was the requirement for users to log in to their accounts to access tweets, and the second was the introduction of a reading limit. These decisions faced considerable criticism. However, an unexpected twist occurred when Elon Musk, a frequent target of memes on the platform, received support from his longtime critic and Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey.

Dorsey expressed a positive reaction to the viewing limits on tweets implemented by Musk. Despite their differences, Dorsey acknowledged the challenges of managing Twitter and commended the team for working diligently under significant constraints. This unexpected show of support demonstrates the complexity of running a platform like Twitter and the various perspectives within its leadership.

In a tweet, Jack Dorsey acknowledged the difficulty of running Twitter and expressed support for the team’s efforts under immense constraints. He recognized that it’s easy to criticize decisions from a distance, including his own past criticisms, but emphasized the goal of seeing Twitter thrive.

Dorsey also expressed his hope for Twitter to explore building on censorship-resistant open protocols like Bitcoin and Nostr. He believed that such protocols would benefit everyone and contribute to preserving the openness of the internet.

Regarding the tweet reading limits introduced by Elon Musk, he explained that they were implemented to address excessive data scraping and system manipulation by companies developing generative AI platforms. Initially, Musk announced limits of 6000 tweets per day for verified accounts, 600 for unverified accounts, and 300 for new unverified accounts. However, he later increased the limits to 8000 for verified, 800 for unverified, and 400 for new unverified accounts. On July 2, Musk announced a further increase, setting the caps at 10,000 for verified, 1000 for unverified, and 500 for new unverified accounts.

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