Twitter has implemented a temporary measure that prevents users from viewing tweets and profiles on its website unless they are signed in to the platform. This move, announced by Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk, aims to address the issue of data scraping and is expected to be a short-term solution.
When an unregistered user attempts to view a tweet, the website prompts them to either login or sign up for a Twitter account. However, as of now, users can still access tweets that appear in Google searches or are embedded in other websites.
Musk clarified that the measure is an emergency response to protect the site from excessive data pillaging, which was causing a degradation in service quality for regular users. The accessibility of tweets across the web has been a core aspect of Twitter’s strategy, fostering interest and engagement by allowing users to share tweets with non-account holders.
Under Musk’s leadership, Twitter has undergone several product changes. The platform began charging for access to its application programming interface (API), which academic researchers as well as third-party applications like Tweetbot and Twitterific had previously used. Customers now have to pay $42,000 per month to access just 1% of all tweets.
In April, Musk temporarily disabled likes, replies, and retweets for tweets containing Substack links, a newsletter platform. However, following user complaints, Musk reversed this change shortly after its implementation. Twitter continues to evolve under Musk’s direction, with these recent adjustments shaping the platform’s user experience and data accessibility.