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Elon Musk says Twitter API will be free, but only for bots creating ‘good content’

Shortly after Twitter announced it would start charging developers for the use of its API, the company’s CEO Elon Musk is somewhat evasive of this decision. Over the weekend, Musk tweeted this responding to some reviews (opens in a new tab)Twitter will offer a new “lightweight write-only API for bots” as long as it provides “good content that’s free.”

The the original plan was to charge users around $100 a month to use the API, ostensibly to stop “cheater bots and opinion manipulators” from abusing the software (and presumably earn some money to pay off the platform’s massive debts). In response, there was a huge outcry from users who claimed that the new rules would kill many useful bots and fun account tricks due to high costs, up to $3,400 per year, according to one developer. (opens in a new tab)

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