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Third-party Twitter apps break: Users are unable to log in

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Has Elon Musk moved to cut third-party Twitter apps from his social network? Or is Twitter just experiencing technical problems?

Late Thursday, developers and users of multiple apps for accessing Twitter — including Tweetbot, Twitterific, Fenix, Talon and Echophone — reported problems including being unable to log in or access their timelines. The issues apply to both the Android and iOS versions of the apps

Meanwhile, Twitter’s own dedicated TweetDeck app for managing multiple accounts seems to be working just fine.

Twitter did not provide an explanation for why third-party apps were unable to log in As of Friday, the social network’s API status page shows all systems are up and no logins have occurred in the past three months. .

“We are aware that Twitterrific is having problems communicating with Twitter,” Iconfactory, developer of Twitterrific, said. Tweet Thursday evening. “We still don’t know what the root cause is, but we are trying to find out. Please bear with me and apologies.”

Tapbot’s Tweetbot account also reported the problem. “Tweetbot and other clients are experiencing problems logging into Twitter. We’ve reached out to Twitter for more details, but have not heard back,” the company said in a tweet. “We hope this is just a temporary glitch and will let you know more as soon as we know more.”

Some Twitter users have speculated that Musk, who bought the company last fall in a $44 billion deal, is looking to shut down third-party apps so Twitter can better monetize activities on its own platform. “It certainly seems like Elon has shut down all third-party Twitter apps,” Tweet Screenwriter and author Gary Whitta.

In a post on social service Mastadon, which has seen a surge in new users since Musk took over Twitter, TapBots co-founder Paul Haddad wrote, “I’m hoping that whatever’s going on on Twitter is just some automated spam protection bot that’s wrongly suspending the right apps or Something similar. Unfortunately I don’t have many contacts on Twitter anymore so doubt I’ll get any kind of definitive answer anytime soon.”

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