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Twitter expands free access to data for software developers

Twitter has expanded free access to its data to software developers as part of ongoing moves to decentralise the company, a move that aims to give users more control over the content they see in their Twitter feed.

Twitter expands free access to data for software developers
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The move will enable developers to create tools and products to promote safer online conversations or curate content. Twitter said developers can now access data on up to 2m tweets per month through its API, at no extra cost.

"I want everyone to be able to define their preferences and have their own curated content that's adjusted to them," Twitter’s head of product Amir Shevat told Reuters. "We can only do this if developers are in on it."

This move comes at a time when Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies are facing increasing scrutiny over the role their algorithms play in allowing hate speech and misinformation to circulate.

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