According to a report by Platformer, Twitter’s refusal to pay its Google Cloud bills as its contract comes up for renewal this month could potentially impair the social media giant’s trust and safety teams. Before Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter last year, the company had signed a multi-year contract with Google to combat spam and protect accounts. According to The Information, Twitter has been trying to renegotiate its contract with Google since March.
- Twitter is due to renew its contract with Google to fight spam and protect accounts but has refused to pay its Google Cloud bills.
- The conflict between Twitter and Google could impact Twitter’s trust and safety teams.
- Since Elon Musk acquired Twitter, the company has cut costs significantly, including infrastructure costs like cloud services.
Twitter’s Use of Cloud Platforms
Twitter uses its servers and cloud platforms of Amazon and Google to host its services. In March, Amazon had warned Twitter that it would withhold advertising payments due to outstanding bills for cloud computing services. Since Musk’s takeover, Twitter has laid off thousands of employees and cut costs dramatically. The billionaire had reportedly ordered the company to reduce costs, including infrastructure costs like cloud services, by $1 billion.
Twitter and Google Have Not Commented
As of writing, Twitter has not responded to inquiries regarding the matter, while Google has yet to release a comment. The Platformer report did not provide further details on how the conflict between the two companies could impact Twitter’s trust and safety teams. Nevertheless, the situation raises questions about the future of Twitter’s relationship with Google and how it plans to maintain its infrastructure as it navigates the challenges of the digital age.