Twitter has reinstated its free API access for emergency weather and transportation alerts after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) withdrew its services over estimated charges of $50,000. The move means that Twitter users will once again be able to receive important updates on weather and transportation emergencies in real-time.
The story behind the restoration of Twitter’s API access
The MTA, which operates New York’s public transportation system, had initially partnered with Twitter to provide alerts to its users in 2018. However, the partnership came to an end after the MTA received an estimated bill of $50,000 for the use of Twitter’s services. The MTA subsequently withdrew its services, leaving many Twitter users without access to important information.
Following public outcry and pressure from officials, Twitter has now decided to reinstate its free API access for emergency weather and transportation alerts. The move has been welcomed by many, who believe that access to up-to-date information during emergencies is crucial, notes NIXSolutions.
The importance of Twitter’s emergency alerts
Twitter’s emergency alerts provide crucial information during weather and transportation emergencies. The service enables users to receive real-time updates on issues such as subway delays, severe weather warnings, and road closures. This information can help users to plan their journeys and stay safe during emergencies.