Twitter confirms it is intentionally blocking third party apps like Tweetbot

Following several days of being quiet, Twitter has acknowledged on Tuesday that it is intentionally blocking third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterific from using Twitter APIs. The company said in a tweet that it’s “enforcing its long-standing API rules,” which “may result in some apps not working.”

When some third-party Twitter apps started breaking last Thursday, it was initially believed to be some kind of bug that caused the interruption. But while Twitter declined to comment on the situation for days, it turned out to be a deliberate decision.

The statement does not even provide a link to the rules Twitter is referring to, so it still leaves us in the dark as to what is really happening. 

According to internal messages viewed by The Information over the weekend, a senior software engineer at Twitter explained that the suspensions were intentional, suggesting that many Twitter employees weren’t even aware of what was going on.

The company said in mid-December that it will keep funding its Developer Program and Twitter API.

“We have still heard nothing from anyone at Twitter on any level,” Tweetbot co-creator Paul Haddad said. “If there’s some long-standing rule that we’ve been unknowingly breaking for the last 10+ years, we’d love to know what it is so that, if possible, we can comply with it.”

Written by Maya Robertson


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