Twitter’s Third-Party Ban: Was it a Deliberate Move to Squeeze Out Competitors like Tweetbot?
Twitter seems to have made a determined decision to prevent third-party applications from accessing its API. Many of the most popular programmes for scrolling Twitter without using the company’s own software, such as Tweetbot and Twitterrific, have not working since Thursday evening, with no official word from Twitter.
Twitter’s internal Slack channels show that the corporation is aware of the outage and, more than likely, the source of it. An employee on Twitter’s product partnerships team allegedly inquired as to when they might receive a list of “authorised talking points” about “3rd party clients cancelled access.” According to reports, a product marketing manager informed a coworker the same morning that the business had “started to work on communications,” but couldn’t provide a timetable for when they would be ready.
Since Elon Musk began reducing the company’s employees, Twitter has not had a communications department. Musk hasn’t tweeted about the outage, and the creators of Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Fenix, and other third-party clients claim they haven’t heard from the firm either. “We’re in the dark just as much as you are,” Tweetbot co-creator Paul Haddad stated in a recent Mastodon post.
Twitter’s silence on the matter, along with internal correspondence, indicate that this was a purposeful action on their side, maybe to force out third-party competition. The company’s choice to withdraw access without providing any formal explanation has left users and developers in the dark regarding the reasons for this action. Twitter’s lack of information further adds to the uncertainty, leaving many wondering what the company’s true motivations are.