Twitter suspends access for 143,000 developer apps in new restriction policy

Twitter announced that it was tightening access to its application programming interfaces (APIs) that allows developers to make automated Twitter posts

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jul 25, 2018 4:01 PM

Social media platform, Twitter, purged more than 143,000 developer apps from the messaging service between April and June which violated its policies. The company announced that it was tightening access to its application programming interfaces (APIs) that allows developers to make automated Twitter posts.

"These changes enable us to have more visibility and control over how developers use our platform and public data from the people using our service," wrote Twitter's Head of Policy, Yoel Roth, and its Senior Director of Product Management, Rob Johnson, on Twitter's blog.

According to media reports, the San Francisco-based social network suspended more than 70 million fake accounts in May and June in a massive drive to clear out bots and trolls on the platform. Twitter currently has nearly 330 million monthly active users (MAUs).

The company also announced a new developer account application process that include use case reviews and policy compliance checks, as well as new protections to prevent the registration of spammy and low-quality apps. "Starting today, all new requests for access to Twitter's standard and premium APIs are required to go through this process," Twitter said.

Following application approval, the developers may be required to undergo additional rigorous policy reviews if they change app's use or request access to additional features, "including the ability to post content to Twitter frequently or at high volumes". "We're also limiting the default number of apps you may have registered by a single developer account to 10. Developers who need to register more than 10 apps can request permission using the API Policy support form," Twitter informed.

"If you already have more than 10 apps registered, you can continue to use them as long as they comply with our rules but you won't be able to register new apps until you either request permission for additional apps or delete unused ones," it added.

Other changes announced were that Twitter will now cap the default number of apps that can be registered to a single developer account at 10. On September 10, Twitter will also introduce new default app-level rate limits for a variety of endpoints, including Tweets & Retweets, Likes, Follows, and Direct Messages. The company said that the latter announcement was being pushed on an “accelerated” timeline, but didn’t say specifically how much the proposed change had been moved up.

Twitter also introduced a new option for people to report suspected violations of its platform policies. "You can use the 'Report a bad app' option in our Help Centre to report uses of our APIs which produce spam, invade user privacy, or otherwise violate our rules," Twitter noted.

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