Since last week, many third-party Twitter apps such as Twitterrific, Tweetbot, and Fenix have been experiencing service outages, making it impossible for people to use these apps. For several days, Twitter did not comment on the issue, except for an internal message obtained by The Information. Stating that the suspension of the third-party app was deliberate..
Now, it looks like the suspensions are official — Twitter has. Quietly updated our developer agreement page. Saying that developers are no longer allowed to build their own Twitter clients. In the “Restrictions” section, the agreement now includes this clause:
“You will not use or attempt to access the Licensed Content to create or create a substitute for the Twitter Applications or a similar service or product.”
This confirms speculation from developers that they can no longer build third-party Twitter clients under the leadership of Elon Musk.
Before Twitter updated its developer agreement document, its Twitter Dev account made a vague tweet. saying that it is “enforcing long-standing API rules.” However, it failed to specify which rules developers were violating, leading to even more confusion.
Please let me know if I’m missing the answer thread where you list each app and what rules they break or something? If not, what is the purpose of this tweet other than to further enrage people?
— Dan Herbert (@PP) January 18, 2023
As a result of the new restrictions, Twitterrific has decided to pull its app from both the iOS and Mac app stores. “We’re sorry to say that the app’s sudden and untimely death is due to an unannounced and undocumented policy change by an increasingly disgruntled Twitter — a Twitter that we no longer trust. don’t understand and don’t want to work with him anymore.” said in his blog post..
Twitterrific was the first desktop and mobile Twitter client.And one of the first apps in the App Store.
Phoenix, on the other hand, Already pulled your app from Google Play Store. Before Twitter updated its policies. The iOS counterpart still works fine, But according to Engadget, Fenix developer Mateo Villa is wondering if he, too, should remove the app from the store..