Third-party Twitter apps are “intentionally” not working
Many third-party Twitter clients, such as Tweetbot and Echofon, continued to be down after they stopped working Thursday night, which is said to be intentional.(Opens in a new window).
According to internal messages seen by The Information, the outages were “deliberately” implemented by Twitter to force third-party users to use Twitter’s own app. As of Sunday morning, Twitter still hadn’t addressed the issue official page(Opens in a new window) or the Twitter customer service account(Opens in a new window)while the CEO Elon Musk(Opens in a new window) also remained silent.
The outages affecting Twitteriffic, Fenix, and Talon on Android, iOS, and MacOS are reportedly happening because the apps typically don’t generate ad revenue for the social media company and allow users to bypass them. ad-rich features such as the “For You” page.
Supposedly Tweetdeck(Opens in a new window) not affected by shutdowns.
Third-party applications rely on Twitter’s API to function, which Twitter can shut down. Tweetbot co-founder Paul Haddad wrote on Mastodon(Opens in a new window) on Saturday that he was waiting for an official public statement from Twitter regarding the interruption and was completely in the dark about whether or not the shutdown was permanent.
“We have a large number of underpasses. Tweetbot’s 3rd year renewal is expected in a few weeks. If we are permanently broken, I need to know so we can remove the app from sale and prevent these. Which I obviously would rather not do, Haddad said.
After a user asked Haddad what was stopping Tweetbot from getting a new API key, he said(Opens in a new window) he could update new keys remotely in “5-10 minutes” but didn’t want to “get sued by someone with an unlimited budget.”
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The situation comes after Twitter is reportedly begging advertisers to stay with the platform. Based on The information(Opens in a new window), Twitter representatives warned ad buyers that their “jobs will be in jeopardy” if they can’t bring in more ad spend. In one case, reports The Information, a Twitter representative told an advertising agency executive working for a Twitter advertising client that they would complain directly to the client about the agency’s refusal to continue buying ads on Twitter.
Earlier this week, Elon Musk broke the Guinness World Record for the largest loss of personal wealth in history. Estimated owner of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter Forbes It has lost about $182 billion since November 2021.
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