Elon Musk blocks Tweetbot, Twitterrific and other external platforms to force you to use Twitter

Twitter has gone through a turbulent period over the past few months with Elon Musk taking over as the platform’s CEO. But it seems that all these crises are far from over, and, on the contrary, most likely there will be more of them.

A perfect example of this is the latest twist, when Elon Musk apparently backed out of switching to third-party services like Tweetbot and Twitterrific, completely blocking them from using their social media features.

The chaos in corporate offices in recent weeks has been widely documented. Where the cuts were so drastic that there wasn’t even toilet paper in the toilets, and in some cases Musk didn’t even pay the building’s rent.

Everything suggests that Elon Musk is looking for a way to increase Twitter revenue as quickly as possible. Even if in doing so he risks blowing up the social network he just bought.

Elon Musk allegedly blocked third-party services to concentrate all Twitter traffic

From the evening of Thursday, January 12, 2022, users of external platforms such as. Tweetbot, Twitterrific, or TapBots, designed for a more convenient and detailed browsing of Twitter or for using only certain specific features, have complained that they can no longer use the service externally.

Therefore, they were forced to connect directly to the Twitter site or use the official social network application purchased by Elon Musk.

The sticking point is that, according to a series of internal Slack posts seen by, platform administrators have intentionally blocked these third-party apps:

“I really want an official public statement. In a few weeks, we have many small updates for Tweetbot’s third year.

If we disable the plug permanently, I need to know so we can stop selling. Which, of course, I would not prefer. »

This is what Paul Haddad, co-creator of Tweetbot, points out in a post on his Mastodon on Sunday, January 15, 2023. In the meantime, third-party apps have been blocked for three days.

Twitter has not announced its official position on this restriction. But according to rumors, Elon Musk himself put things in order.

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