How has Zwift prevented people from “friending” other riders?
You can set your account to private. That way you can approve, disapprove, or simply ignore anyone trying to follow you.
Actually, I prefer following certain riders who I feel like I’ve bonded with during the course of a particular ride. And, no, all of them haven’t opted for the “protect my privacy” option.
But, there is a limit that Zwift has set: Can't follow more than 5000 friends - #38 by Stuart.Middlecoate
I sure don’t have that many, but why is there a limit? Isn’t it a community of “friends”?