The microblogging site Twitter has blocked popuplar third-party mobile apps of BlackBerry and Google Android platforms 'Twidroyd and UberTwitter' on Friday, citing unspecified policy violations.
It seems Twitter sent an email to the users, explaining that apps that don't "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" are suspended. "Every day, we suspend hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies," the Twitter Help Center said Friday. "Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users. We're taking the unusual step of sharing this with you because today's suspension may affect a larger number of users."
Indeed, both of these applications are extremely popular.
On Friday, a statement from UberMedia's Twidroyd Twitter feed said: "A new version of twidroyd that resolves our twitter ban will be avail. shortly on the android market."
Shortly thereafter, Bill Gross, CEO of UberMedia issued the following statement:
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.
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