UberTwitter und Twidroyd verstoßen gegen Twitter-Richtlinien und wurden gesperrt [Update]

Na sowas, da haben die Jungs hinter UberMedia gerade TweetDeck aufgekauft und schwups sperrt Twitter deren Twitter-App names UberTwitter und auch den bekannten Android-Twitterclient Twidroyd. Die Programme verstoßen gegen Twitter-Richtlinien und werden deshalb erstmal nicht mehr von Twitter unterstützt. Die Entwickler wissen aber wohl genau, warum sie gekickt wurden, denn es wird sich auf einen Katalog von Vorgaben für Drittdienste bezogen. Welche Einschränkungen es genau gibt und wie lange diese bestehen werden, kann ich derzeit noch nicht sagen. Twitter verweist allerdings so lange auf die hauseigenen Apps. Ist jemand von euch betroffen?


We ask all developers in the Twitter ecosystem to abide by a simple set of rules that are in the interests of our users, as well as the health and vitality of the platform as a whole.

We often take actions to enforce these rules; in fact, on an average day we turn off more than one hundred services that violate our API rules of the road. This keeps the ecosystem fair for everyone.

Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.

We’ve had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010, when they first launched under the name TweetUp – a term commonly used by Twitter users and a trademark violation. We continue to be in contact with UberMedia and hope that they will bring the suspended applications into compliance with our policies soon.

PASADENA, CA – February 18, 2011 – Early Friday morning, Twitter shut off access to its service by several of our Twitter client applications: UberTwitter, Twidroyd, and UberCurrent. Twitter then notified us that they believed we were in violation of several provisions of their terms of service.

We were immediately in touch with Twitter, and the changes they asked us to make were very small. As a result, we have completed the changes, and new apps are currently being posted to their respective stores. Twitter has assured us that as soon as those changes were complete, they would reactivate our applications.

Twitter also asked us to modify the name of UberTwitter. We began a process of changing the name three weeks ago by polling our users, and we’ve decided based on their input to change the product name to UberSocial, which we completed today.

To our millions of loyal users, we appreciate your patience during this temporary period. We look forward to continuing our innovations on the Twitter platform.

Bill Gross, CEO
UberMedia, Inc.

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