In An Effort To Crack Down On API Abuse, Twitter Will Charge B2B Developers

In An Effort To Crack Down On API Abuse, Twitter Will Charge B2B Developers

Twitter doesn’t want to take any chances and have a Cambridge Analytica-type scandal on its hands. The company recently announced it plans to audit developers using its APIs.

It will begin this process on June 19. It will “require developers of any app that calls recent tweets from or mentions a user more than 100,000 times per day to submit their app for review,” TechCrunch reported.

Here’s how it will work: If a developer proves to Twitter that they have “a legitimate consumer use case, like running a third-party Twitter client or doing research, they’ll be granted free access to the API at the same rate they have today. If they primarily use the data to serve business customers as a B2B tool, like for customer service or social media monitoring, they’ll have to pay to enter a commercial licensing agreement with Twitter with a custom price based on usage,” TechCrunch reported.

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Of course, Twitter is going to make money off of this decision, but it says it will protect users and user data.

Developers who break Twitter’s policies will be suspended; Twitter has already suspended 162,000 apps in the second half of 2018, said the company.

According to Twitter’s head of site integrity Yoel Roth, it is “ensuring that our platform is safe and promoting the privacy and safety of our users, and providing a level playing field commercially. We’re fundamentally different than other platforms that have APIs since almost everything that happens on our service is public. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a deep responsibility to our users.”