Twitter debuts a mid-tier data access plan, to almost immediate backlash

Twitter unveiled a new data access tier yesterday aimed at attracting startups, after its decision to erect a paywall for developers and researchers prompted widespread backlash. 

But the new tier already has some describing it as too little, too late.

The new paid tier, which the company calls "Pro," costs five thousand dollars per month and allows subscribers to retrieve one million tweets a month. The offering also allows for the monthly posting of up to 300,000 automated tweets.

Under owner Elon Musk, Twitter has been racing to find new ways to boost revenue to offset declines from an exodus of advertisers and to help recoup the billions he spent buying the company.

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