Twitter accused Microsoft of inappropriately harvesting the social media company’s data to build apps, according to a Friday report in the New York Times. The news comes exactly one month after Microsoft dropped Twitter from its advertising platform, which prompted an angry Tweet from world’s saltiest billionaire Elon Musk.
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“They trained illegally using Twitter data. Lawsuit time,” Musk tweeted then.
The charge comes in a letter addressed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, sent by Alex Spiro, one of Musk’s personal attorneys. “As you are no doubt aware, for years, Microsoft has used Twitter’s standard developer APIs free of charge in order to benefit from Twitter’s data and services in key Microsoft products that generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue for Microsoft annually,” Spiro wrote. The letter lays out a number of allegations, and demands an audit of …