On January 19, 2023, Twitter updated its developer agreement to prohibit third-party social network clients formally.
The development of external clients for the platform is expressly prohibited by Twitter’s new developer agreement for using the Twitter API, which became effective today. The text below is the only significant modification to the lengthy document, as Engadget notes.
You will not use the licensed materials to attempt to build a service or product that is a direct competitor to the Twitter Applications, nor will you allow others to do so.
This occurs a week after Twitter apps on several platforms, including Android, iOS, and others, abruptly stopped down. For several days, Twitter and its new owner Elon Musk kept quiet about the situation before it was revealed that the business had purposefully disconnected third-party Twitter clients.
The cutoff was subsequently verified by Twitter, who stated that they were “enforcing long-standing API restrictions” without specifying which rules were being broken. The only information provided to the creators of third-party Twitter clients was that their programs had been “suspended.”
Users of Twitter will undoubtedly find this a major setback because third-party apps have long been a staple of the service. Twitter has not yet provided an explanation for the change, although it is assumed that it has something to do with ongoing advertiser worries following Musk’s purchase.