| 24 April 2024, Wednesday |

Twitter is refusing to pay its Google Cloud bills

As its contract is up for renewal this month, Twitter has failed to pay its Google Cloud fees (GOOGL.O), which might cripple the social media company’s trust and safety teams, Platformer reported on Saturday.

According to the article, Twitter and Google inked a multi-year pact regarding, among other things, combatting spam and securing accounts, before Elon Musk took control of the social media network last year.

The Platformer report did not give details on how the conflict between the companies could hinder Twitter’s trust and safety teams. The Information said Twitter has been trying to renegotiate its contract with Google since at least March.

Twitter hosts some services on its server and houses others on the cloud platforms of Amazon (AMZN.O) and Google, Platformer said.

In March, Amazon warned Twitter that it would withhold advertising payments because of the company’s outstanding bills to Amazon Web Services for cloud computing services, according to the Information.

Since Musk’s acquisition, Twitter has cut costs dramatically and laid off thousands of employees. Musk ordered the company to cut infrastructure costs, such as spending on cloud services, by $1 billion, a source had told Reuters in November.

Twitter did not immediately respond to an email inquiry while Google did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

  • Reuters