In the past few weeks since Elon Musk’s acquisition, Twitter has been in turmoil as rapid changes hit the platform, and tonight it seems like something is happening to the Twitter API as Tweetbot and many third-party Twitter clients are down.
Tonight around 11:00pm ET, many Twitter users noticed that third-party clients were returning error messages related to the Twitter API. This widespread outage occurs on 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 fortunately Tweetdeck doesn’t appear to be affected.
Whether this is a temporary outage or a conscious decision by Twitter remains to be seen, as the company has not issued an official statement at this time.
However, it stands to reason that it is possible for Twitter to kill third-party customers. These clients typically don’t bring ad revenue to the platform, which is a priority for Musk during his tenure to date. Just this week a Report from The information uncovered desperate measures to keep ad buyers on board, and many Twitter users have noticed a significant increase in the number of ads and the frequency of ads seen on the platform. Twitter too recently forced users to iOS to show the For You tab by default instead of the Following tab, which actually shows which accounts they are following.
Further evidence that this is a conscious decision by Twitter would be that apps using the API are not full clients still seem to work. They’re just replacements for official Twitter apps that are broken.
Details are still largely unclear at this time, but we’ll update our coverage as more information becomes available.
Twitterrific has acknowledged the issue but has not provided any further insight.
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