Elon Musk, the CEO of both Tesla and Twitter, has accused Microsoft of scraping data from Twitter and then selling it to third parties. Musk argues that this is unlawful behavior and has vowed to sue the Big Tech company.
Musk informed Microsoft of the impending lawsuit through Twitter on April 19. The tweet announces that Microsoft will no longer support Twitter starting April 25, particularly with its Smart Campaigns and Multi-platform online social advertising tools.
Twitter’s CEO has accused Microsoft of illegally using Twitter data for training purposes, implying that the tech giant has utilized user tweets to improve its AI-driven apps.
Microsoft did not explain why it was discontinuing Twitter support, despite the fact that Twitter’s API prices have risen from $0 to $42,000 per month, and in some circumstances are priced upwards of $200,000 per month, according to a March Wired investigation.
Musk went on to accuse Microsoft of “demonetizing” Twitter data by eliminating adverts and “then selling our data to others.“
Elon Musk’s claims against Microsoft have sparked serious worries about how giant tech companies handle customer data. The reality behind these charges, as well as the possible repercussions for Twitter’s user base and income model, remain unknown as Microsoft keeps mum on the topic.