Twitter Inc announced on Monday that it will make its data available to software developers for free in order to assist them to create tools and businesses that encourage safer online interactions or content curation. In an interview, Amir Shevat, Twitter’s head of product for the developer platform, said that the move is part of the company’s growing attempt to decentralize over the last year, a sight that aims at providing users more control over what content they see in their Twitter feeds or new ways of sharing content on the site.
The move to expand developer access comes as Twitter, Facebook, and other social media firms face international scrutiny over how their algorithms reveal particular content and their involvement in the spread of disinformation and hate speech.
Developers will be able to access data on up to 2 million tweets each month using Twitter’s application programming interface (API) for free starting Monday.
“I want everyone to be able to define their preferences and have their own curated content that’s adjusted to them,” Shevat said. “We can only do this if developers are in on it.” According to Shevat, the firm amended its API policy to allow for new use cases, including the removal of prohibitions on competing with Twitter.
Block Party, which was established by software developer Tracy Chou and allows Twitter users to filter out stuff they don’t want to view, is one example of an app built utilizing Twitter data.