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Twitter officially bans third party clients after cutting off prominent Dev’s

Twitter discreetly revised its developer conditions today to ban all third-party clients after removing well-known software developers like Tweetbot and Twitterific. According to Engadget, a new limitation has been added to Twitter’s 5,000-word developer agreement that forbids “using or accessing the Licensed Materials to construct or attempt to create a substitute or similar service or product to the Twitter Applications.” By denying clients access to its platform, Twitter said earlier this week that it was “enforcing long-standing API standards,” though it did not identify which rules were broken. Twitterific was developed before Twitter had its own official iOS app, as Engadget explains, and Twitter clients are a part of Twitter history. And they’ve become more well-known in recent years, in part because they don’t advertise.

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