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Elon Musk threatening to sue Microsoft for Twitter data

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Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, has threatened legal action against Microsoft for allegedly utilizing information from his social media firm without his consent.

“They trained illegally using Twitter data. Lawsuit time,” the multi-billionaire tweeted.

Mr Musk was responding to Microsoft’s plan to remove Twitter from its corporate advertising platform.

He did not provide further details or evidence to support the claim.

Microsoft is yet to make an official statement on the matter.

Earlier, the company said in a notice that its advertising platform would “no longer support Twitter” from Tuesday 25 April.

As a result, ad buyers would not be able to access their Twitter accounts through Microsoft’s social management tool.

“Other social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn will continue to be available,” according to Microsoft.

In a separate tweet, in the discussion about the social media platform’s data, Mr Musk said he was “open to ideas”.

“But ripping off the Twitter database, demonetizing it (removing ads) and then selling our data to others isn’t a winning solution,” he added.

In February, Twitter started charging for the data it collects from “hundreds of millions” of users, with a basic plan starting at $100 a month.

 

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