Twitter suspends UberTwitter
Twitter has suspended UberMedia’s UberTwitter and Twidroyd for violating its privacy and monetization violations and trademark infringement. UberMedia has been building an army of third-party Twitter applications that compete directly with Twitter’s web and mobile applications.
Here is a statement released by Twitter:
Regardless of how you access Twitter, we are dedicated to making Twitter better, faster and more reliable for you. As part of this effort, we ask applications that work with Twitter to abide by a simple set of rules that we believe are in the interests of our users, and the health and vitality of the Twitter platform as a whole. We often take actions to enforce these rules.
We have suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating our policies.
Every day, we suspend hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies. Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users. We are taking the unusual step of sharing this with you because today’s suspension may affect a larger number of users.
It is still unclear to many on which policies were violated by UberMedia. The trademark infringement most probably refers to the use of the words “Twitter” and “Tweet” in third-party application names which is certainly against Twitter’s policies.
UberMedia however have secured a new name for its app – UberSocial. UberMedia’s CEO, Bill Gross addressed the name change in this statement.
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.
UberMedia also tweeted on the issue to all its users.
At the moment, all UberTwitter users are waiting anxiously for the release of UberSocial while Twitter has certainly showed the world that it is serious about its policies.
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