Report: Twitter’s sudden third-party client lockout was intentional

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Report: Twitter’s sudden third-party client lockout was intentional


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Expanding / Twitter blocks access to APIs for many third-party clients, but does not go on to explain.

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Twitter has yet to explain why Third-party clients such as Twitterific and Tweetbot stopped working Late last week. However, new reports and tests by one app developer suggest that the outage and lack of communication are intentional.

Viewer of internal Twitter Slack chat messages information (Subscription required) Indicates that a senior software engineer has written in the Command Center channel that the suspension of third-party apps is intentional. Another employee asked about the talking points they use when dealing with outages with product partners, and was told by a product marketing manager that Twitter “started working on communications,” according to a report by The Information. However, the delivery date was unknown.

Some Tweetbot users appear to have temporarily regained access to their accounts early Sunday, unable to post, and later lost access again. This was the result of Tweetbot co-creator Paul Haddad swapping his API keys for the app, but all his keys were later revoked. The result “proves that this was intentional and that we and others were specifically targeted.” Haddad wrote on Mastodon Sunday Nightthat’s why Focus on The Verge.

Haddad wrote, “If there had been even the slightest contact, we would not have exchanged the keys in the first place.” “I figured this would boost the problem if nothing else.

Neither Twitter nor owner Elon Musk mentioned that the third-party client failed to connect. Twitter status page As of early Monday, all systems were operational and no past incidents have been recorded going back to January 2nd. “Enterprise” clients, such as business-oriented apps that monitor Twitter engagement and track topics, seem to work like some versions. Third-party clients such as Twitterific for Mac.

Twitter has long had third-party clients. This gives users and small teams the power to customize how Tweets are displayed, tracked, and engaged. Before Musk owned Twitter asked developers not to make them, restricted its APIand took away Client push notifications and automatic updates.

Mask ownership started with massive layoffs I have been watching the company consistently rapidly changing policies and make the intention hard to decipherleading some industry watchers and tech commentators to wonder if the third-party API shutdown was just an infrastructure failure that the company couldn’t fix quickly.

But the more likely explanation has to do with advertising revenue. In mid-December, Musk said on Twitter, “Negative cash flow of $3 billionThe cash shortage is believed to be primarily due to the $1.5 billion debt repayment required for Musk’s acquisition debt and a significant drop in advertising revenue following the acquisition. I was sued many times by my landlord for non-payment of rent..

Twitter recently made its iOS app the default tab. Displaying Algorithm-Based “For You” Feeds, the user must periodically tap to view a more reverse chronological “following” feed. Third-party clients have traditionally had much more control over how users sort their feeds. And most notably, don’t show Twitter’s “promoted” Tweet Ads.The company recently offered Highly Incentive Advertising Package Following a significant drop in ad sales.

The Public Relations and Communications department was unable to reach Twitter for comment. reportedly no longer existsMusk’s latest tweet was posted just after midnight ET on January 16th, Swipe lightly coded in media as quietly state-owned.



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