Slack retires Twitter integration

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Slack has retired its integration with X (formerly known as Twitter) due to API changes introduced by Elon Musk earlier this year. The changes have made it difficult for third-party apps to access Twitter data, and Slack has decided that it is no longer able to maintain its Twitter integration.

“Slack’s integration with Twitter relies on access to its API, and changes to that API this spring impacted the integration’s functionality and the services it supports,” said Rod Garcia, Slack’s VP of software engineering. “The Twitter app for Slack has not been functional since Twitter implemented these changes, so we have removed the app from the small set of customer workspaces that still have it installed.”

Twitter’s API changes have been controversial, with many developers arguing that they are making the platform less accessible and innovative. In January, Twitter banned third-party apps, which many users say made the site what it is today.

Twitter’s decision to cut the majority of developers’ API access in order to provide paid access to different levels and versions has also been criticized. The cheapest package starts at $42,000 a month for access to 50 million tweets, while more expensive packages can run up to $125,000 and $210,000 a month for 100 million and 200 million tweets respectively.

Slack joins a growing list of companies that are being forced to change their products and services due to Twitter’s API changes. Sprout Social, a social media management platform, recently changed several features because of a lack of API endpoint support. Thousands of developers are also refusing to pay to gain access to the Twitter/Twitter developer platform.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheVerge.

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