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Twitter API will no longer be free as the platform begins charging, infuriating developers

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It’s a sad day for our favorite gimmick Twitter accounts, as we might have to soon say goodbye to them. Late Wednesday night, the official Twitter Developer account announced the platform will stop offering free access to the platform’s API (application programming interface) on February 9.

Access to the Twitter API v1.1 and v2 will soon be replaced with a “paid basic tier,” which may further cripple third-party support. Twitter API allows third-party developers to access publicly available Twitter data to create bots or apps for the site. We’re not just talking about bots like RemindMe_OfThis that remind users of tweets they come across; researchers have, in the past, used the API to track online hate speech.