Twitter to Impose ‘Daily Limits’ on Direct Messages for Unverified Users – Twitter has introduced a contentious modification by imposing limitations on the number of direct messages that unverified users can send through the platform. The company initiated this change on Friday, announcing that unverified accounts will now have a daily cap on the quantity of DMs they can send.
Although Twitter did not disclose the exact daily limit, a support document states that this restriction aims to assist the platform in reducing spam. Nonetheless, the implementation of a limitation on direct messages seems like a strategy to encourage users to subscribe to Twitter Blue.
A premium service starting at $8 per month, which provides various exclusive features, including the coveted verified blue checkmark. Recently, Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk, acknowledged that the company is still facing significant financial losses with a 50% drop in advertising revenue.
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As expected, some users are expressing their disapproval of Twitter’s decision to impose restrictions on direct messages. This discontent arises because verified users who pay for Twitter Blue can continue to send unlimited DMs, whether they are legitimate messages or spam.
On one hand, some individuals are embracing the change, pointing out the overwhelming amount of unsolicited messages they often receive on Twitter. However, on the other hand, these restrictions might have a detrimental impact on Musk’s own endeavors to transform Twitter into a comprehensive super app that could potentially rival WhatsApp and Zoom, particularly when it comes to online chatting and video calls.
Recently, the company discreetly introduced a DM “quality filter” exclusively available for Twitter Blue members. This means that messages from accounts they follow will continue to appear in their primary inbox as usual, while messages from Verified users they don’t follow will be directed to a separate message request inbox. To implement this feature, the company automatically migrated users to the new setting if they had previously allowed anyone to send them direct messages.