Official: Twitter bans third-party clients

some days after deny API access to third-party popular clients for Twitter including Tweetbot and Twitterific, Twitter has now updated its developer terms to specifically prohibit third-party clients from offering the services that official apps and websites offer.

Twitter’s developer agreement, a 5,000-word document that lists its terms of use, now has an addition in the “restrictions” section with a clause that prohibits “using or accessing the Licensed Materials to create or attempt to create a substitute or the like. service or product to the Twitter Applications”

After their API access was revoked, several developers working on different third-party clients, some of which like Twitterific have been around for over 15 years and were around as an iOS app even before Twitter had an app. of native iOS, they were understandably angry and disillusioned.

Sean Heber of Twitterific wrote a blog postt confirming the end of its 16-year-old platform, “We’re sorry to say that the app’s sudden and undignified demise stems from an unannounced and undocumented policy change by an increasingly capricious Twitter, a Twitter we no longer recognize.” as trustworthy. I don’t want to work with more.”

The same goes for other clients, including Fenix, which has already been removed from the Google Play Store. However, its developer, Matteo Villa, says that the iOS version of the app still has access to the API. “I stuck with an app that works well on iOS that people are still buying, but I wonder if I should retire that too,” Matteo said. Take part.

With the consensus that Twitter is prohibiting these third-party clients from funneling users to official platforms where monetization is easy, including the introduction of Twitter Blue, which gives the subscriber additional features and reduced ads, something that some of the clients from third parties would do. give you free Whether it will play a role in creating a positive financial spin for the company, which is currently saddled with debt, remains to be seen.

As for third-party client developers, there isn’t really much they can do, as continuing their projects will likely lead to lawsuits from Twitter. The only thing they can hope for is that Twitter changes its mind, which is unlikely given that aside from the updated developer agreement, Twitter hasn’t made an official statement on this topic.

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