Twitter's new developer guidelines officially prohibit third-party clients
It was unclear how the company's 'lengthy third-party API policies' restricted TweetBot and other applications.
After almost a week, Twitter quietly deleted external customers from its 'Developer Agreement.'
According to The Verge, the new laws forbid utilising Twitter's API or content to 'create or attempt to create an alternative or equivalent service or item to the Twitter Applications.'
Starting on Thursday, new regulations will apply.
Twitter Applications are described as 'consumer-facing items, services, apps, sites, web pages, platforms, and other offerings, including without limitation those delivered via https://twitter.com and Twitter's mobile applications,' according to the platform.
On January 12, after removing Tweetbot and Twitterific, Twitter modified its policies.
Developers of third-party applications allegedly stated in the study that they never got any business updates on what was going on.
Twitter stated on Tuesday that it was following its strict API restrictions. Some applications might not work.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, declared last week that the 'open source' technology would be shared the following month. There have been complaints of some users having issues with accessing, logging in, and accessing feeds on third-party Twitter applications.
The comment did not go over well. Critics and developers argued that the laws that were infringed were vague and that the apps had already been in use before Elon Musk purchased Twitter and announced his intentions to transform it into a 'everything app.' Amir Shevat, the former head of Twitter's developer platform, informed me in 2021 that the business had changed the regulations to make it simpler for third-party developers to take on Twitter's first-party apps.
Ged Maheux, a co-founder of Twitterific, stated on his company's blog, 'We have been respectful of their API restrictions, as revealed, for the past 16 years.' We are not informed of any recent modifications to these criteria or the effects they may have.
Iconfactory founder Craig Hockenberry wrote on his blog, 'There was no advance notice for its creators, clients just got a bizarre error, and no one is clarifying what's going on.' No thanks were sent to our 10-year customers. Just a scene from a shitshow, really.
The regulation modification and third-party client ban were most likely brought on by financial concerns. Twitter has racked up billions of dollars in debt under Musk's leadership and probably makes less money from third-party clients than it does from first-party ones. The company doesn't display adverts over the API, limiting its potential to monetise users of alternative apps, even if some developers pay to access it. Twitter Blue, a subscription service that essentially improves the default Twitter interface, might not be popular with third-party users.
Elon Musk and Twitter Dev have not made the rule change public. There is no communications team at Twitter.