Last week, Twitter launched a new API subscription tier meant to be aimed at “startups”.
Instead of attracting startups, however, it is already claiming victims. Block Party, a popular anti-harassment tool, is now on “indefinite hiatus”.
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“We fought to stay here, but recent changes have made that impossible at this time,” the company said in a tweet.
Block Party was a tool that helped Twitter users protect themselves from stalkers, spammers, and trolls on the platform. Without access to Twitter’s API, it can’t work, and the Twitter Pro API “access tier,” which costs $5,000 a month, was apparently too expensive for Block Party to continue.
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“We are heartbroken that we cannot help you protect yourself from stalkers and spammers on the platform, at least for now; we have fought very hard to stay, and we are so sorry that we have not been able to make it happen.”, the company wrote in a blog post(opens in a new tab) Tuesday. “In practice, this means that when you log in to Block Party, everything will be read-only. Lockdown filters will no longer work, blocklists will no longer be processed, and you won’t be able to do anything in your lockdown folder. .”
However, all is not lost; Block Party, the company, is turning its attention to a recently announced new security product called Privacy Party. “This is a browser extension that reduces your risk of harassment, cyberstalking, impersonation, fraud, spam, and other online attacks with automated privacy manuals for your accounts. social media,” the company said.
Many Twitter developers greeted the API Pro tier with negative sentiment because it was simply too expensive for most startups to support. As a single user Put the(opens in a new tab)“I don’t know what kind of ‘startup’ you think wants to spend 5 times the cost of their entire infrastructure on your overpriced data.”
Twitter used to have free API access, but new CEO and owner Elon Musk removed it and started charging a minimum of $42,000 per month for Enterprise API access. . There’s also a free tier, as well as a basic $100 per month tier, both of which are way too much. limiting the operation of most applications(opens in a new tab). An additional problem with the newly introduced Pro tier was that it took Twitter several months to launch, which was just long enough for much of Twitter’s ecosystem to wilt.