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After several days of mystery, Twitter has clarified some malfunctions complained of by third-party clients. In fact, several developers had experienced problems relating to the functioning of their clients through the platform’s API.
With a post on its development page Twitter has now explained that it has blocked the clients in question because they violated the guidelines on the API. The problem, however, is that the irregularities were not disclosed to the developers themselves. It is therefore not clear how to fix the problem, given that Twitter does not provide clarification on which features are deemed irregular.
Third-party clients complaining about issues on Twitter: what happened
It all started last week, when some developers began to complain about problems related to the functioning of their software on the platform. Initially the complaints fell silent. Those interested were above all historical and consolidated clients, with many users, such as Tweetbot and Twitterrific.
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The clarification came today with a tweet (found below). “Twitter is enforcing its long-standing API policies. This may cause some apps to not work.”
Twitter is enforcing its long-standing API rules. That may result in some apps not working.
— Twitter Dev (@TwitterDev) January 17, 2023
The replies to the tweet in question were useless, with one user even having explicitly asked: “What are these rules?”
In fact, as mentioned, there is no reference to specific violations in the company’s tweet. A widespread opinion is that, since those who are interested are clients who have been active on Twitter for more than 15 years, they have always violated the regulations in question, only that the platform had never implemented the necessary restrictions.
Responses from third-party developers were not long in coming. The Twitterrific client, active for 16 years, published a post on its blog which reads:
“Over the past 16 years we have always complied with their API rules, as published. We don’t know if these rules have changed recently or what the changes might be.”
Meanwhile, Twitter has begun auctioning off furniture items from its San Francisco offices.