Hi everyone. A few months ago, I created @cdnati to help journalists in Canada access government records online. The goal of this project was to provide a simple public service to thousands of journalists around the country. So far, I’ve been posting every tweet manually since I didn’t have developer access.
But my application for access was rejected without explanation. It takes too much time to tweet manually, and so without developer access, I will have no choice but to shut down the project.
The project was covered in CBC and in other media outlets: See https://www.cbc.ca/radio/spark/409-1.4860495/journalist-hopes-twitter-bot-will-reform-canada-s-access-to-information-1.4860744
I don’t understand why this process is now incredibly complicated. Is there no place on Twitter now for bots that have no commercial purpose?