Elon Musk is threatening legal action against Microsoft over claims that the company “illegally trained using Twitter data”. The Billionaire’s Statement came in response to a tweet noting that Microsoft’s advertising platform announced it would stop supporting Twitter, reportedly due to Twitter’s changes requiring payment to access the API.
Musk’s threat is vague, but seems to go beyond OpenAI using Twitter data to train the grand language model behind products like ChatGPT. OpenAI isn’t Microsoft, of course, but it recently received significant investment from the company, which is building AI into tools like Bing, Edge, and Microsoft 365.
It’s unclear if Musk will actually sue Microsoft at this point, as he has threatened legal action that never happened in the past, including to the creator of the @ElonJet Twitter account.
They trained illegally using Twitter data. Lawsuit time.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2023
Microsoft did not immediately respond The edgerequest for comment. Twitter’s press email responded with a poop emoji when reached for comment.
In a message at the top of a support page for Microsoft’s advertising platform, the company says it will “no longer support Twitter” as of April 25, 2023, meaning companies will no longer be able to use the Microsoft platform to manage their tweets or engagement. This coincides with Twitter’s timeline to put its API (Application Programming Interface) behind a paywall.
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