Ad revenue must be down bad.
Starting February 9, we will no longer support free access to the Twitter API, both v2 and v1.1. A paid basic tier will be available instead 🧵Show this thread
my guess is it’s more about raising the friction to make bots
Yeah, free API is being abused badly right now by bot scammers & opinion manipulators. There’s no verification process or cost, so easy to spin up 100k bots to do bad things. Just ~$100/month for API access with ID verification will clean things up greatly.
This won’t affect the spammy malicious bots (maybe 1% of the bots, other 99% will be the same). Malicious tweet/reply bots exploit the client API to auto tweet, they don’t use the dev API. So this won’t hurt them at all. Ironically, this will hurt the “good” bots more.
Feb 2, 2023 · 9:38 PM UTC