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Elon Musk claims that the Twitter API will be free, but only for bots producing “good content.”

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Shortly after Twitter stated it would begin charging developers to use its API, company CEO Elon Musk is now somewhat reneging on that decision. Over the weekend, Musk tweeted that, after responding to some feedback, Twitter will offer a new “light, write-only API for bots” so long as they provide “good content that is free.”

The original plan was to charge users about $100 a month to use the API, allegedly to stop “bot scammers and opinion manipulators” from abusing the software (and presumably make some money to pay off the platform’s massive debts). In response, there was a massive outcry from users who said the new rules would kill a lot of useful bots and fun, gimmick accounts due to their expensive costs—as much as $3,400 a year, according to one developer.