According to Platformer, Twitter refused to pay the upcoming Google Cloud bill, which may cause Twitter’s trust and safety team to be paralyzed.
According to reports, before Elon Musk acquired Twitter, Twitter signed a multi-year contract with Google, involving services in combating spam and protecting accounts. But since Elon Musk took over, Twitter has slashed costs, laid off thousands of employees, and asked the company to cut infrastructure expenditures, such as cloud service fees, by US$1 billion. Twitter has been trying to renegotiate its contract with Google since at least March, according to The Information.
Twitter is not entirely dependent on Google Cloud, the company also uses Amazon’s cloud services. But according to The Information, Amazon has also warned Twitter to withhold its advertising revenue because it owed Amazon Web Services cloud computing fees.
Neither Twitter nor Google have commented on the matter, and the Platformer report did not detail how the conflict between the two companies would affect Twitter’s trust and safety team. These teams oversee and manage content and user behavior on Twitter, maintaining order and reputation on the platform.