Twitter accuses Microsoft of misusing tweet data

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has a new bone to pick with Microsoft. According to Musk, the Windows maker abuses Twitter’s data conditions.

Musk’s personal attorney has sent a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on behalf of Twitter, reports The New York Times. Microsoft allegedly used Twitter’s API for “unauthorized purposes”. “Microsoft may have been in violation of multiple provisions of the agreement for a long time,” said attorney Alex Spiro.

Companies can access all information via Twitter’s API, but there are rules to that. According to Twitter, Microsoft has used user data for years for advertisements, in search engine Bing and on the Xbox. In the meantime, Microsoft has severed many of its ties with Twitter.

Musk: ‘Data used illegally’

Previously, access to the API was free, but Twitter now charges tens of thousands of dollars per month. For example, Xbox users can no longer tweet from their Xbox game console. Twitter is also no longer included in the advertising tools that Microsoft offers.

Musk already reacted furiously to that decision. “They trained illegally with Twitter data. Time for a lawsuit”, aldus Musk last month. According to Musk, Microsoft and ChatGPT maker OpenAI have used data from Twitter to train AI against the agreements. Earlier, Musk was also critical of the relationship between OpenAI and Microsoft, which Musk says is too coercive.

Twitter now really wants to establish the accusation and is asking Microsoft for all kinds of data to investigate it. “We will review and respond to this request,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “We look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with the company.” Microsoft currently does not pay Twitter for access to data, the company says.

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