Twitter expands free data access for app developers

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Nov 15 (Businesshala) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Monday said it will expand free access to the social networking site’s data to help software developers build tools and products that support secure online conversations or curate content. be able to promote.

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The move is part of Twitter’s growing effort over the past year for the company’s decentralization, a vision that aims to give users more control over the content they see in their Twitter feeds or new ways to share content on the site. Aamir Shevat, Twitter’s Head of Product for the developer platform, said in an interview.

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The effort to increase developer access comes even as Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies are facing global scrutiny over how their algorithms surface certain content and their role in allowing misinformation or hate speech to spread. Is.

Starting Monday, developers can access data on 2 million tweets per month through Twitter’s application programming interface (API) at no cost.

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The company also changed its API policy to allow for more use cases, including lifting restrictions on competition with Twitter, Shevat said.

“I want everyone to be able to define their own preferences and have their own curated content that is adjusted for them,” Shevat said. “We can only do this if the developers are in it.”

Some examples of apps built with Twitter data include Block Party, which was founded by software engineer Tracy Chow and allows Twitter users to filter out content they don’t want to see.

Another app created by software engineer Janik-Ka John lets users more easily discover the Twitter space, the company’s live audio chat feature.

Reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas; Editing by Dan Grebler

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