Twitter Updates Could Be Withdrawn from Transit Agencies.
Transit Agencies Could Lose Access to Twitter Updates
Twitter is set to charge for access to its API, a move that could impact the ability of transport and government agencies, such as the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), to provide real-time updates on its platform. Elon Musk’s plan to charge users of the API could see some agencies face costs of over $500,000 a year, a significant expense for many, including the MTA, which is facing a $600m shortfall. The agency’s Twitter alerts recently went dark, although they were later reinstated. Other government agencies, such as the National Weather Service, were also affected.
Twitter has announced that it will charge for access to its API, leaving many transit and government agencies at risk of losing access to real-time service updates.
According to Bloomberg CityLab, Elon Musk’s plans to charge Twitter API users could mean that the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and other transit agencies will no longer be able to post real-time transit updates on the platform.
Wired reports that the lowest-cost access to Twitter’s API could cost companies and public agencies that use it $42,000 per month, which is a significant amount for the already financially struggling MTA. Despite the temporary loss of Twitter alerts last weekend, no timeline has been given for when older accounts will lose access, according to a statement by the MTA. API access problems were also experienced by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District and other government agencies like the National Weather Service, as reported by AMNY.
1- melk360.com ,Transit Agencies Could Lose Access to Twitter Updates ,2023-04-18 16:00:00