Twitter to expand access to users' Twitter data

Twitter to expand access to users' Twitter data

On Monday, Twitter said it would expand access to the social network's data to help software developers create tools and products that could promote safer online conversations or curate content.

Amir Shevat, Twitter's head of product, said in an interview that the move was part of Twitter's efforts to decentralise the company over the past year, in order to give users more control over what content they see in their Twitter feed or new ways of sharing content on the site.

On Monday, developers can access data from up to 2 million tweets per month through the application programming interface API at no cost.

Shevat said the company changed its API policy to allow more use cases, including removing restrictions on competing with Twitter.

Shevat said that I want everyone to be able to define their preferences and have their own curated content that's tailored to them. Some apps built with Twitter data include Block Party, which was founded by software engineer Tracy Chou and allows Twitter users to filter out content they don't want to see.

Another app built by software engineer Janique-ka John lets users search for Twitter Spaces, the company's live audio chat feature.