Twitter disables free access to its API։ many apps and websites are facing problems

April 7, 2023  16:27

Twitter has disabled free access to its API, causing disruption to many apps and websites that used the API to share content from the social network.

WordPress, for example, reported that sites based on it were temporarily unable to retrieve posts from Twitter with the "embed" code. However, after some time the problem was solved.

News app Flipboard has warned users who read tweets through the app that this feature will also be disabled.

Substack, an online platform that provides publishing, payment, analytics, and design infrastructure to support subscription newsletters, has also reported issues with using Twitter posts.

Shortly before blocking access to the free API, Twitter made other changes, such as banning third-party Twitter clients. However, such customers make up only a small fraction of free API users.

One of the main problems today is that it is now difficult for developers to get in touch with Twitter employees to somehow solve the problems that they face: most of the staff responsible for communications with developers were laid off during massive layoffs at the company.

In an attempt to reduce costs, Twitter stopped using two-factor authentication (2FA) via SMS from March 20 for users who do not have a Twitter Blue subscription. This subscription costs $13 per month, and if the user is not willing to pay for it, their account will become more vulnerable to hackers.

And to attract more advertisers, Twitter changed its policy and became the first social platform to allow US cannabis companies to advertise their products. This decision was made, it seems, against the background that after the acquisition of the social network by Elon Musk, advertisers began to leave the social platform en masse, which negatively affected the company's revenues.

In December 2022 Twitter's revenue and adjusted profit fell 40%.

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