Starting today, Twitter is no longer accessible on web and mobile apps if you don’t have an account, requiring all users to log in if they want to access the platform.
If you are not already logged in, you will be redirected to a “Login to Twitter“, where you are prompted to sign in to your account or create one.
If you close this login screen, you will be redirected to the social network’s home page, where you will again be asked to join Twitter by creating an account or registering with Google or Apple.
Twitter has yet to share a statement via its official support account or the company’s blog regarding the reasons for this change.
BleepingComputer did not contact Twitter because the media contact email was set to automatically reply with a poop emoji after Elon Musk acquired the company in October and took over as CEO.
In April, Twitter disabled the search box for unregistered users and only showing multiple suggested tweets when accessing the homepage.
While there is no official explanation from Twitter for this recent decision to shut down the platform even further, some believe this could be an effort to block data scrapers from accessing tweets.
The change triggers a blackout for some
After the change was rolled out today, some users who were not logged in reported being caught in a redirect loop, preventing them from accessing the login page.
Similar reports on DownDetector confirm that many Twitter users have been logged out and cannot log back in, while others report seeing “This page is not working” errors.
“I keep getting errors when I try to access my laptop. This page is not working,” one report said. bed.
“Why doesn’t Twitter connect, keep loading…”, another user said.
Last month, Twitter also deployed encrypted direct messages, a feature currently limited to Twitter Blue subscribers. On May 1, a global Twitter outage mass logged out userspreventing them from logging back into their accounts.
Update for June 30 at 6:33 p.m.: According to Elon Musk, this is a temporary change to block data scrapers.