(CTN News) – According to Reuters, Twitter Inc has alleged that Microsoft Corp violated its agreement with it regarding the use of the social media company’s data in a letter.
Elon Musk’s lawyer accused Microsoft of “unauthorized” access to Twitter’s data, including the sharing of data with government agencies without consent in some cases, which resulted in “unauthorized” usage of Twitter’s data by Microsoft.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Musk requested Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to conduct an audit of how it was using Twitter’s content to promote its own interests in a letter he sent to Nadella earlier this year. According to Musk’s lawyer Alex Spiro, he requested the audit in a letter he sent to his clients. The New York Times was the first publication to report on the letter.
Reuters sent an email to Twitter asking for a comment, but the company did not respond immediately.
In accordance with Twitter’s agreements, all developers who use its application programming interface (API) are subject to rate limits on the use of the API.
It is interesting to note that despite these limitations, the Microsoft Apps were able to access Twitter’s APIs over 780 million times in 2022 alone, retrieving over 26 billion tweets.
A spokesperson for Microsoft said that on Thursday, the company received a question regarding its previous use of the free Twitter APIs from a law firm that represents Twitter.
A review of these questions will be conducted by our company and appropriate responses will be provided. Our long-term partnership with the company is something that we are looking forward to continuing,” stated the spokesperson.
Twitter’s accusations come at a time when Elon Musk are at odds over an artificial intelligence platform developed by Microsoft and Elon Musk.
According to Musk, he plans to launch the “TruthGPT” AI platform in April in order to compete with the offerings from Google.
Previously, he has criticized Microsoft-backed OpenAI, the firm behind chatbot sensation ChatGPT, as “training the AI to lie” and that OpenAI has now become a “closed source,” “for-profit” organization whose business interests are “closely aligned with those of Microsoft”.
Moreover, he has also accused Larry Page, co-founder of Google, of not taking AI safety seriously enough in the company.