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  • Writer's pictureJamal Saafir

Twitter Users “Spill” Over Into A New Social Media App

According to a report by Revolt, new restrictions put in place by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, have caused a bit of an exodus from Twitter. Musk recently decided to limit the posts able to be viewed by unverified Twitter accounts. In the United States, the “blue check mark”, which represents a verified Twitter account, costs $11 a month/$114.99 per year for IOS/Android and $8 a month/$84 per year for web/PC.

The limits users can expect to experience are as follows:

-Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day

- Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day

- New unverified accounts to 300/day

According to a Tweet from Musk, the new terms of access stem from a need to address “extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation”.

As a result of Twitter’s recently announced non-verification limitation update, Revolt reports that Spill, a Black-owned social media platform started by two former Twitter employees Alphonzo “Phonz” Terrell and DeVaris Brown — laid off at the onset of Elon’s takeover, has been the recipient of the Black users leaving Twitter.

According to Revolt, Spill introduced its Beta app to the Apple App Store in January and is invite-only. Those interested in joining are also able to add their names to the waitlist. It boasts a similar function as the bird app but swaps tweets for spills and leans heavily into meme culture. However, a significant difference in the competing apps’ user experience is in how Spill prioritizes weeding out hate speech, especially messaging aimed at Black users.

“We’re going to be more intentional and be more accurate around things that will be deemed offensive because, again, this is our lived experience or learned experience,” Brown told TechCrunch. “It’ll be much more accurate to catch those kinds of things that will detract from the platform, that would not lend to creating a safe space for our users and our creators.”

In my opinion, Elon Musk just did the world a huge favor. Respectfully, that much Twitter can’t be good for anyone…

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