Twitter Will Begin Charging Developers for API Access
The microblogging site, which was taken over by Elon Musk last October, said that from Feb. 9 it would “no longer support free access to the Twitter API.”
Third-party developers utilize APIs to access data from apps and use it to create new services.
Thousands of developers utilize the Twitter API, which is available in both free and commercial versions, for anything from creating reminders to providing notifications on changes to specific Twitter accounts.
Meanwhile, researchers use the program to track hate speech and disinformation on the internet.
Dataminr, a news collecting service, also uses the Twitter API to alert journalists to information that surfaces on Twitter in real time.
Previously, Twitter barred third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific from using its API. Users and developers have also reported that several third-party apps have become inoperable.
Musk has worked to significantly reduce expenses and boost monetization since taking over as CEO of Twitter.
The billionaire is attempting to transform Twitter into a lucrative operation in order to return the $44 billion investment he put in the firm.
Twitter lay off almost half of its worldwide personnel under his leadership and included the verification badge into its premium Twitter Blue membership offering.