Twitter Confirms It Intentionally Blocked Access for Third-Party Apps Like Tweetbot, Twitterrific

Twitter entry went down for third-party apps that utilise the favored microblogging web site’s API final week. Customers have been unable to entry their accounts on third-party Twitter apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific. Amid claims from builders that the Elon Musk-owned platform deliberately blocked their apps, Twitter has now issued a press release revealing that it did revoke entry for third-party apps on objective. In a short tweet, the official TwitterDev account (@TwitterDev) mentioned on Tuesday that the web site was imposing its “long-standing API guidelines.”

The tweet added that the transfer would possibly end in some apps not working. The Twitter Dev account, nonetheless, didn’t elaborate on what its long-standing API guidelines have been, or why the positioning selected to implement them now.

The tweet, nonetheless, did come as affirmation for what third-party builders already suspected — apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific didn’t lose entry to Twitter as results of a bug, however have been as an alternative blocked by the microblogging web site from utilising its API deliberately. An API is a software program interface that permits communication between two or extra applications. All Twitter third-party shoppers utilise the Twitter API to entry the service.

Twitter’s affirmation comes after Tweetbot builders had decried the platform’s silence over the blocked entry. Tweetbot co-creator Paul Haddad had mentioned in a Mastodon post that he had not acquired any communication, formally or unofficially, from anybody at Twitter. Tweetbot misplaced entry initially, together with Twitterrific, and the previous briefly resumed engaged on Sunday when the builders swapped out its API keys, solely to be blocked once more.

Haddad, in a Mastodon post additionally responded to Twitter’s obscure affirmation, saying “I wish to publicly apologize to Twitter for breaking its long-standing API rule of ___.”

In line with a report earlier this week, Twitter’s inner Slack communication talked about that the positioning had revoked third-party entry on objective. As beforehand talked about, Twitter is but to supply readability on which guidelines have been damaged by the favored third-party apps.

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