Twitter shuts down Uniteblue.org
Twitter has recently brought down the hammer on the sites Uniteblue.org and Politwoops (Sunlight Foundation) that relied on the Twitter API (application programming interface) to send and receive data and interact with Twitter as part of their website and service.
Twitter confirmed that Politwoops’ API access was revoked and provided this statement:
Earlier today we spoke to the Sunlight Foundation, to tell them we will not restore Twitter API access for their Politwoops site. We strongly support Sunlight’s mission of increasing transparency in politics and using civic tech and open data to hold government accountable to constituents, but preserving deleted Tweets violates our developer agreement. Honoring the expectation of user privacy for all accounts is a priority for us, whether the user is anonymous or a member of Congress.
In a more recent development, Twitter has pulled the same kind of move on the progressive liberal hub Uniteblue.org, a site where liberal supporters can find each other and follow them on Twitter, and interact via chat. It is not clear why Twitter pulled the plug on them, but it seems that once your site becomes too successful, Twitter likes to revoke access it granted earlier.
This is what was posted on the Uniteblue website today:
Twitter recently revoked our application, which allows you to follow and Tweet from our website. We are currently appealing this decision and working to rebuild a better site. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
The terms and conditions of API’s can be changed at anytime. Companies like Twitter use the API eco-system to build up their own site, but then once they don’t need the traffic/income anymore they can abruptly pull the plug, leaving site owners and user locked.