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Elon Musk threatens Microsoft with a lawsuit

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has launched a threat at Microsoft, tweeting on April 19th, “They trained illegally using Twitter data. Lawsuit time.”

What is he talking about? Well, Musk is accusing the technology giant of using data stolen from Twitter in its training. However, what the tweet was replying to has raised some eyebrows. His tweet was responding to a post from Twitter Daily News telling the platform that Microsoft had dropped Twitter from its advertising platform due to a refusal to pay Twitter’s API fees. This means that ad buyers cannot access their Twitter accounts via Microsoft’s social management tool.

Microsoft isn’t the only one. Since Musk took over the platform, major companies like Apple have halted advertising on the site due to concerns about how content is moderated on the platform.

There was no further evidence or details provided to support Musk’s accusations and Microsoft has declined to offer a comment.

However, the CEO has discussed Twitter’s database before, saying in a tweet: “Ripping off the Twitter database, demonetizing it (removing ads) and then selling our data to others isn’t a winning solution.”

Oh, but there was one correspondence on the matter from Twitter to the BBC.

Said the BBC: “Twitter’s press email responded to a query with a customary poo emoji.”

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