Elon Musk has sparked new debate in the IT industry by accusing Microsoft of illegally utilizing Twitter data to train its artificial intelligence models. The statement came after Microsoft announced it would stop supporting Twitter on its advertising platform, which Musk has implied could be seen as retaliation for Microsoft’s refusal to pay for its Twitter API.
However, Musk’s comments have raised eyebrows as the AI model he refers to, ChatGPT, was developed by OpenAI, not Microsoft. It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft is an OpenAI investor, and the AI model has been integrated into several of its products, including Bing, Edge, and Microsoft 365.
Twitter recently introduced a new pricing structure that charges large companies like Microsoft up to $42,000 monthly to access its API. As a result, smaller developers like Tapbots, the maker of Tweetbot, have already left the platform.
It remains to be seen if Musk would sue Microsoft, but his comments indicate the complicated web of ties and ownership in the IT sector.