Twitter accuses Microsoft of violating its API policies

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Twitter he accused Microsoft Of violating its API policies (application programming interfaces), which allow third parties to access the data of social network users. CEO Elon Musk’s personal attorney, Alex Spiro, he allegedly sent a formal letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. And there is a chance that the situation will go to court.

Twitter says Microsoft violates API policies

According to The New York Times, Twitter sent a letter to Microsoft asking for an explanation of how the software company was using “eight different Twitter APIs”. Microsoft allegedly integrated the services into Xbox, Bing and its own advertising platform in an illegitimate manner. This already before in April 2023 Twitter blocks free access to the social APIs.

The letter argues that Microsoft broke Twitter’s developer agreement by using the API for “unauthorized uses and purposes” and by failing to disclose to Twitter “any use cases for six of the eight Microsoft apps that have been active until last month”. Spiro, which represents Twitter, is calling for a “compliance check” for each of the eight apps by April 2023, when Microsoft shuts them down. He also requests a variety of information from Microsoft about each app and its use of Twitter data. to be provided by 7 June.

Microsoft responded by saying they will evaluate requests and respond when they have collected all the data. Is that they have every intention of continuing to collaborate on Twitter, although they don’t currently use the APIs anymore since they are paid. Twitter doesn’t respond to press except with automatic emojis.

Spiro’s letter it does not refer to any pending legal action. However, in April, Musk had previously threatened to sue Microsoft because she “illegally got rich using Twitter data,” apparently referring to the data used to train large language models used in chatbots like Bing di Microsoft e ChatGPT di OpenAI.


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