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Twitter Delays Launch of its New API Platform

Twitter Delays Launch of its New API Platform – Twitter has delayed the launch of its new API platform and extended the deadline to enforce the rule that cuts off free access to its API. The initial deadline was set for February 9, then extended to February 13, and now there is no new date announced, adding to the list of uncertainties at the Elon Musk-owned company. The Twitter Developer account said late Monday that the company will be delaying the launch of the new API platform “by a few more days.” 

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There has been an “immense amount of enthusiasm” for the upcoming platform change, the company insisted. In recent weeks, the developer community has raised concerns about the social media company’s lack of transparency and information. In response, the company temporarily made the developer forum website inaccessible without any explanation. The website is now accessible again, but developers are inundating it with questions seeking clarification on the pricing of the new API.

The delay also jeopardizes the plans of developers and startups who are creating tools using the Twitter API, as they would lack clarity on how to allocate their future spending and budget on the platform. Last week, Twitter announced that the base tier of their API, with “low-level usage,” would cost $100 but did not specify the exact usage that falls under this category. 

They also stated that a free write-only API would be available for posting up to 1,500 tweets per month. Concerns have been raised by researchers and academics about the new costs for accessing Twitter data, which was previously free under the Academic Research tier of Twitter’s v2 API. This announcement followed Elon Musk’s commitment to offering a light API for “good” content-providing bots.


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