Twitter’s Plan to Charge for API Tool Causes Outcry Among Developers and Organizations

by | Feb 14, 2023

Twitter’s plan to charge for its API (Application Programming Interface) tool has caused an outcry among developers and organizations who use the tool for free. The API is a powerful tool that allows developers to access and analyze Twitter data and use it for a variety of purposes, including disaster relief efforts and monitoring politically contested events. The proposed fee would make the API prohibitively expensive for many volunteers and nonprofits, who are already dealing with the challenge of communicating with Twitter since Elon Musk took over.

[1] Twitter had originally planned to introduce the changes last week, but delayed it until Monday. On Monday, the company tweeted that it was delaying the launch again “by a few more days,” without providing more details.

[2] The new fees are just one of the many complications for programmers and others trying to use the API.

[3] The loss of free API access means an added challenge for the thousands of developers in Turkiye and beyond who are working around the clock to harness Twitter’s unique, open ecosystem for disaster relief.

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