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Twitter Quietly Lifts Login Requirement for Viewing Tweets

After briefly enforcing a login requirement to view tweets, Twitter silently reverses its decision.

Twitter has lifted the login requirement for viewing tweets.

In an unannounced move, Twitter has quietly removed the login requirement for viewing tweets, days after it initially enforced such a restriction. This decision implies users can now view Twitter links without needing an account, a change observed by TechCrunch and Engadget when they noticed tweet previews unfurling in messaging apps like Slack, WhatsApp, and iMessage.

Twitter's CEO, Elon Musk, previously justified the login requirement as a temporary measure intended to prevent data scraping, a practice that he claimed was so pervasive it was negatively impacting the service for regular users.

Twitter has not made any official announcements regarding this reversal nor provided any details about the measures it has taken to combat the issue of data scraping.

This move by Twitter coincides with the impending launch of Meta's text-based app, Threads. In a similar vein, Threads also temporarily allowed users to view posts without logging in before the functionality was pulled. Speculations suggest that Threads might allow non-account holders to view posts when the app officially launches.

Over the weekend, another measure to fight data scraping was implemented by Musk, putting in place read limits of 1,000 posts per day for unverified users and 10,000 posts per day for verified users. The company stated in a blog post that these changes only affected a "small percentage of people," and that the impact on advertising was minimal.

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