March 29, 2023

Shortly after Twitter announced it would start asking developers to use its API, the company’s CEO Elon Musk is now backtracking on that decision somewhat. Over the weekend, Musk tweeted that afterwards respond to some feedback (opens in new tab)Twitter will offer a new “light, write-only API for bots” as long as they provide “good content that’s free.”

The the original plan was to charge users about $100 a month to use the API, allegedly to deter “bot scammers and opinion manipulators” from abusing the software (and presumably make some money to pay off the platform’s massive debts). In response, there was a massive outcry from users who said the new rules would kill many useful bots and fun, gimmicky accounts due to high fees, as much as $3,400 a year. according to a developer. (opens in new tab)