$42,000 for 50 million tweets. $12,000 for 50 million Reddit posts. Is this the end of public APIs? Twitter’s public API was launched only a few months after the product was released in 2006 to combat third-party developers scraping and offering unofficial APIs. The API enabled reasonably broad access to Twitter for any developer. As a result, third-party applications flourished (like TweetDeck, Tweetbot, and Twitterriffic).
Mainly to profit from ai models pre-training on their data