Twitter retroactively adjustments developer settlement to ban third-party purchasers

Diff check between former and current Twitter Developer Agreement

Enlarge / This is the road that Twitter added to its API Developer Settlement on Jan. 19, two days after it cited “long-standing API guidelines” for why third-party apps might not be working. (credit score: diffchecker)

“Lengthy-standing” can apparently imply “later this week” at Elon Musk’s Twitter, as the corporate has modified its developer settlement to seemingly justify its banning of third-party purchasers. The change occurred two days after a imprecise tweet about “imposing long-standing API guidelines” with out pointing to any.

As famous by Web sage Andy Baio, a textual content comparability (diff examine) of Twitter’s developer settlement between the efficient dates of October 10, 2022, and January 19, 2023, exhibits just one change apart from the efficient date: a brand new line added to the part “Restrictions on Use of Licensed Supplies.” The addition restricts the power of builders to:

c) use or entry the Licensed Supplies to create or try to create a substitute or comparable service or product to the Twitter Functions;

With that, Twitter put an finish to an period, one during which third-party purchasers not solely coexisted with Twitter’s official app—initially based mostly on Tweetie, an early third-party app itself—however usually launched and drove new options. Twitter’s official apps and its web site at the moment are the one dependable methods to entry the service.

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