Twitter has restored the well-known apps “UberTwitter”, “Twidroyd” and “UberCurrent” to their API, after they were removed on Friday due to privacy concerns.
Twitter was unhappy with UberMedia’s app for Blackberry, which is called “UberTwitter” and saw it as a strong breach of copyright. Twitter was also concerned with the changes made to the contents of tweets, as reported by TG Daily. The apps were reinstated late on Sunday night and UberMedia Tweeted praise to their users for their loyalty and eagerness. It has been reported that the apps carry as much as 1/5 of worldwide Tweets.
It seems now that the air has been cleared since “UberTwitter” glady renamed their iOS and Blackberry Twitter client to “Ubersocial”. They do not appear to be very bothered about the incident as they say the change requested by Twitter is “very small and something they were planning to do anyway.” Although this kind of incident occurs regularly as a result of a violation of usage policies, The Inquirer has reported that Twitter felt it necessary to publicise the suspension of Twidroyd and Ubersocial because they have a “larger number of users.”
Twitter announced after this that they had restored the apps by releasing a statement on their help page. “We’ve given the developers of twidroyd and UberSocial for Blackberry (formerly UberTwitter) access to the Twitter API again. Our initial review indicates that steps have been taken to remedy the violations for these applications.” It looks like Twitter have tried to make an example of UberMedia by showing people that they are not afraid to temporarily remove big apps from the API.
Will this be a lesson to others who break privacy and copyright rules?