Twitter is refusing to pay its Google Cloud bills as its contract comes up for renewal this month.
According to the report, Twitter has refused to pay its Google Cloud bills as its contract with Google comes up for renewal. This refusal to pay could potentially impact Twitter’s trust and safety teams, although the details of how exactly this conflict would hinder those teams are not provided in the report.
Prior to Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, the company had signed a multi-year contract with Google related to fighting spam and protecting accounts, among other things. However, Twitter has been attempting to renegotiate its contract with Google since at least March, as reported by The Information.
Twitter utilizes its own servers for hosting some services and relies on cloud platforms provided by Amazon and Google for others. In March, Amazon warned Twitter that it would withhold advertising payments due to the outstanding bills for cloud computing services provided by Amazon Web Services.
Since Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, the company has undertaken significant cost-cutting measures, including layoffs of thousands of employees. Musk has reportedly instructed the company to reduce infrastructure costs, such as spending on cloud services, by $1 billion.
At the time of the report, Twitter had not responded to inquiries, and Google had not provided a comment.