Twitter is set to introduce daily direct message (DM) limits for unverified users as part of its effort to reduce spam. In a tweet on July 21, Twitter Support announced the upcoming changes and urged users to sign up for its subscription service, Twitter Blue. The specific daily limits for unverified accounts have not been revealed yet.
The announcement has sparked mixed reactions from both verified and unverified users. One user expressed skepticism about the change, stating that limiting basic features is not in line with what Twitter is about. They argued that paying for Twitter Blue should provide additional features, not restrict common, free features. Others, like the popular citizen journalist account @AutismCapital, believe that the move is aimed at driving more users to get verified and join Twitter Blue, rather than combating spam.
Some users raised concerns that limiting DMs for unverified accounts would only lead to verified accounts spamming in DMs instead. They suggested that Twitter’s motive behind the change may be to push people to pay for verification and cover the platform’s operational costs, rather than addressing spam directly.
This move comes after a series of significant changes to the platform since Elon Musk took ownership. On July 1, Twitter implemented a rate limit on the number of posts users could see daily to prevent data scraping and system manipulation. This prompted Meta, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, to launch an alternative called Instagram Threads. However, even Threads eventually introduced its own rate limits on July 18.
In addition, Twitter introduced content monetization settings in April, allowing creators to monetize their posts globally. These updates reflect Twitter’s ongoing efforts to enhance user experience, combat spam, and generate revenue.
Despite the mixed response to the DM limits, Twitter remains an influential platform in the social media landscape. Its changes, whether welcomed or criticized, continue to shape the way users interact and communicate online. As users adapt to these updates, the future of Twitter and its role in the digital sphere will undoubtedly evolve.