Third-party Twitter apps face issues, users say – TechCrunch
People using third-party Twitter clients face a number of issues, including being unable to log in and access Twitter feeds. Tweetbot, Echofon, and Twitterrific, three popular third-party Twitter apps, confirmed the issues and noted that they don’t know what triggered the issue.
The makers of these apps have also complained about these issues on Mastadon. Twitterrific developer Sean Heber said: “Did Twitter just kill third-party clients?” while Tweetbot’s Paul Hadad said, “I hope everything on Twitter is just an automated spam protection bot that falsely suspends appropriate apps”.
In an email response to TechCrunch, Haddad said the issue started around 7:30 p.m. PT today. He also mentioned that all API requests from apps fail.
It’s likely that Twitter made changes to its API for third-party clients, which caused these apps to break. It is unclear if this is a step to thwart access to the platform.
Apart from the aforementioned applications, users have complained that they cannot access Twitter from clients such as Fenix, Twitter, Featherand Heel. Thus, the only way to access Twitter is through the official client or the website.
A post on Twitter’s Developer Forum stated that on the Developer Portal these apps show up as “suspended”.
Since Elon Musk’s takeover, Twitter has killed many developer programs, including Twitter Toolbox for app discovery. Third-party developers have been cautious about their development plans around Twitter because the company hasn’t communicated its plans for the ecosystem. Last month, the company’s former head of development platforms, Amir Shevat, wrote for TechCrunch that the new management had broken developer trust.
Although Twitter has not communicated anything about the problem, the TwitterDev account said last month that the company “will continue to invest in our development platform, especially our Twitter API.”
Earlier this week, Twitter decided to make the algorithmic timeline – dubbed “For You” – the default feed on iOS.
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