X slows down websites Musk dislikes

Onur Demirkol
Aug 16, 2023
Updated • Aug 18, 2023

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that social media platform Twitter, now X, seemed to implement a five-second delay that would restrict access to websites, including the New York Times, Reuters, Instagram, and Blue Sky, a different social network. This practice is known as throttling.

The websites that had sluggish connections included Twitter rivals and other outlets that had earned Elon Musk's wrath for unfavorable reporting. When the delays were tested, The Washington Post discovered that when someone clicked a link on Twitter that would direct them to another website, the link would first open to a blank screen and remain that way for a short while.

Only t.co links, a site that processes and abbreviates links uploaded to Twitter, appeared to be affected by the delay. The problem appeared to have been resolved by Tuesday afternoon because clicking on links now opens them immediately.


Musk doesn't like some of the media outlets, and he doesn't hide it

Musk has engaged in a constant publicity campaign against his critics. Twitter referred to the BBC and NPR as "state-affiliated media" in April, which sparked a backlash from the organizations and their workers. NPR declared on April 12 that they were leaving Twitter, and there haven't been any updates to their home page.

Musk criticized the Times in the past for being "propaganda" and the "Twitter equivalent of diarrhea." The news outlet's account, which has 55 million followers as of now, lost its "verified" symbol in April, making it more difficult for users to tell real accounts from fraudulent ones.

Elon Musk is fined for delaying a search warrant on Trump's account

Twitter started flagging connections to Substack, an independent content publishing platform, as hazardous in the same month. This action was taken in response to Substack's announcement of a new product called "Substack Notes" that gave a Twitter-like experience to the company's user base of newsletter authors and their readers, some of whom are paying customers. Twitter and Notes don't have to compete, according to Substack; they could instead support one another.


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  1. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    Elon is an idiot and the hype around him will not survice the decade. Prove me wrong…

    “X” Is Not Living Up to What Elon Musk Promised: Here’s Why
    Elon Musk is widely hailed as a genius, a disruptor, and sometimes, a misfit. However, several of his promises to uphold Twitter (now X) as a ‘“free speech” platform have fallen through.



    Tesla created secret team to suppress thousands of driving range complaints

    Here I can give 20 links how crap that Tesla really is.

  2. John G. said on August 17, 2023 at 3:42 am

    The perpetual joke of the woke media.

  3. plusminus_ said on August 17, 2023 at 12:41 am

    Fined for what?!

    1. owl said on August 17, 2023 at 8:22 am

      > Fined for what?!

      Contempt of Court Lawsuit: The Court Papers

      Twitter held in contempt, fined $350K over Trump data delay | Ars Technica

      Special counsel obtained search warrant for Donald Trump’s Twitter account | POLITICO

      Special counsel obtained search warrant for Donald Trump’s Twitter account | CNN Politics

  4. owl said on August 17, 2023 at 12:03 am

    From some Comments (probably the majority of X users) you can see that the devout believers (fanatic and two sides of the same coin) are “in their shells”. People cling to what they want to believe and reject what they don’t want to believe.

    X, formerly Twitter, slowed down access to Threads, The New York Times, Bluesky and more | TechCrunch
    Tell HN: t.co is adding a five-second delay to some domains | Hacker News
    In addition, since Mr. Mask has blocked links to rival services such as Substack and Threads in the past, TechCrunch pointed out, “This is not the first time Mr. Mask has reflected his personal dissatisfaction on X”. Also, in April 2023, Mr. Mask mentioned about The New York Times that “their propaganda is not interesting” and stripped the authenticated badge.

    Bluesky, who worked at Twitter in the past, post, “Even a one-second delay is enough for users to start switching contexts. Even if the delay is unconscious, it’s annoying enough to push people away”. and pointing out that “X is causing an intentional delay” for that purpose.

    1. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 9:15 pm

      “People cling to what they want to believe and reject what they don’t want to believe.”

      In other words, exactly what you are doing. And constantly refusing to respect the opinion of other people without extremist labeling and name calling. Providing counterarguments in a respectful way is usually not that difficult for adults. But I guess this owl will never leave the nest and grow up.

  5. Chiquita said on August 16, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    You know that kid nobody liked but had to be included in the game because he was the one who had a ball..? Yeah, that was Elon. Still is. We hated him then and we hate him now, but what are you gonna do? We all want to play. Just suck it up, maybe he slips on a banana peel and dies one day..soon.

    1. bruh said on August 17, 2023 at 11:06 am

      Lol, found the twitter lunatic

  6. ECJ said on August 16, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    “When contacted for comment, X confirmed the delay was removed but did not elaborate”.

    What an unprofessional scumbag Musk is. Although to be honest, any companies still using Twitter have themselves to blame at his point.

  7. Guest said on August 16, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    Elon has every right to throttle left wing extremist sites.

  8. 11r20 said on August 16, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    Fake News

  9. Jake said on August 16, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    This is seriously grasping at straws. I know there’s a lot of Elon hate on this site, but this doesn’t even make sense.

  10. Tony said on August 16, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    A five second delay is not throttling. That is a timeout due to unreachable service/API. They probably had some technical issues on the back end.

    1. bruh said on August 16, 2023 at 4:15 pm

      “Only t.co links, a site that processes and abbreviates links uploaded to Twitter, appeared to be affected by the delay” doesn’t even sound like a Twitter problem lol

  11. Brad Carlson said on August 16, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Did anyone at ghacks independently verify the Washington post allegations against X?

    1. bruh said on August 16, 2023 at 4:15 pm

      this article is written by chatGPT, not real people

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