Abusive accounts that Twitter doesn't deem worthy of complete suspensions are now being hit with temporary restrictions. When an account is restricted, their reach on the platform significantly declines. Restricted users won't have their tweets shown to non-followers and even their @ mentions don't lead to notifications for non-followers.
>automatically get limited cause I said retard— 🇺🇸 Drybones ム🗽💀 (@Drybones5) February 14, 2017
I'm just considering leaving Twitter, fuck them pic.twitter.com/2NZpOPmlo2
The introduction of time-limited penalties is part of a larger effort by Twitter to combat harassment, which some users believe is a serious issue on the site. Other users, however, have viewed certain measures as cases of overreach. They've also complained about alleged bias in going after some kinds of "abusive" accounts rather than others.