July 16, 2020 / 4:47 PM / 19 days ago

Twitter delays launch of new API software following hack

The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Thursday it is delaying the launch of its new Application Programming Interface (API) following the recent hack of several high-profile accounts.

"We have no evidence the incident had anything to do with our API, but we decided to move the launch to a more appropriate time," Twitter said in a blog. (bit.ly/2BaKwGc)

The API platform provides broad access to public Twitter data that users have chosen to share, according to the company.

Hackers on Wednesday gained access to the social media company’s internal systems to hijack accounts of several politicians, billionaires, celebrities and companies.

Reporting by Subrat Patnaik and Neha Malara; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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