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The past few weeks since Elon Musk’s takeover have seen Twitter in turmoil as rapid changes hit the platform, and tonight it looks like something is going down with the Twitter API, as Tweetbot and many third-party Twitter clients are down.
Around 11:00 PM ET tonight, many Twitter users noticed that third-party clients were returning error messages related to the Twitter API. This widespread outage occurs across all third-party apps, including Twitterrific, Fenix, Talon, and many others on both Android, iOS, and macOS. Tweetbot is also affected by the API outage, but Tweetdeck, thankfully, seems unaffected.
Whether this is a temporary outage or an intentional decision by Twitter remains to be seen, as the company has not issued an official explanation at this time.
however, it stands to reason that it is possible for Twitter to kill third-party clients. Those customers typically don’t bring in ad revenue for the platform, something Musk has made clear is a priority in his tenure so far. This week only a report from The information revealed desperate measures to keep ad buyers on board, and many Twitter users have seen large increases in the number of ads and the frequency of ads seen on the platform. Twitter too recently forced iOS users to see the About You tab by default, not the Following tab, which actually shows what accounts they follow.
Another piece of evidence pointing to this being a deliberate decision on Twitter’s part would be that apps that use the API but are not full clients seems to still work. These are only replacements for official Twitter apps that are broken.
Details remain largely sketchy at this stage, but we’ll update our coverage as more information becomes available.
Twitterrific acknowledged the issue but offered no further information.
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