The New York City Transit Authority will no longer issue service alerts on Twitter
The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has said goodbye to Twitter, announcing that it will no longer provide real-time service alerts and informative posts to commuters via the social media platform. The agency had several accounts that provided riders with useful information about train and route statuses, but it has decided to discontinue the use of Twitter because it is “no longer reliable for providing the consistent updates riders expect,” according to a statement on its website. While the MTA did not specify why it was leaving Twitter, Bloomberg reported that the company was demanding $50,000 per month for access to its API.
The move comes after Twitter discontinued its previous free API in favour of a new version with a pricing model that includes a $100-per-month tier for hobbyists and a much higher tier for enterprise customers. While Twitter has not disclosed pricing for enterprise customers, Wired previously reported that API access could cost up to $42,000 per month. Because of the pricing change, other companies and organisations, including Microsoft, have abandoned Twitter. The tech behemoth recently announced the removal of Twitter from its free social media management tool for advertisers, as well as the removal of the option to upload screenshots directly to Twitter from Xbox consoles and Game Bar on Windows.