The social network Twitter has decided to resume payment for Google Cloud services. The company is trying to mend the relationship that was damaged after Elon Musk came to power after buying a company that stopped paying both Google and other companies.
According to Bloomberg sources, Twitter’s new CEO, Linda Yaccarino, has helped rebuild the relationship with the cloud service provider. It is known that a broader partnership was also discussed – in the field of advertising and the use of the Twitter API. Notably, according to the source, Musk himself approved the new interaction format. Another source confirmed that there are no disputes between the companies that require resolution. However, Twitter and Google themselves did not comment on the rumours.
Ever since Elon Musk took over Twitter last fall, the social network has been demanding significant discounts from many service providers, and one of the new goals is to lower the cost of cloud services.
Twitter is known to pay Google Cloud $200-300 million annually – according to Bloomberg, the social network uses the IT giant’s services primarily for data analytics and machine learning. Previously it was reported that Twitter is complete refused to pay Google.
Google Cloud management reportedly first attempted to contact Musk to discuss unpaid bills, even attempting to reach the billionaire through top executives at SpaceX, which also has deals with Google. Google had leverage to force Twitter to pay, including of course curtailing cloud platform services.
The companies are known to have announced a collaboration back in 2018, and Twitter was even Google Cloud’s top customer at one point, but since then the cloud service has expanded its customer base and is less keen on collaborating with the social network dependent.