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FTC investigating Twitter over excess control of mobile apps

06/30, 3:45pm

FTC talks to Twitter over possible abuse in apps

Developers confirmed reports that the FTC was investigating Twitter's policies towards app developers. The exact claims are unknown but are expected by SAI to revolve around its temporarily blocking UberMedia's apps and moves that have prevented rival ad services or have steered users away from visiting third-party hosting sites. Concerns might also exist over Twitter's attempt to discourage the creation of apps that are similar to the official titles and its tendency to buy out competition like Atebits' Tweetie or TweetDeck.

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UberTwitter and Twidroyd already fixed, promised back soon

02/18, 4:55pm

UberTwitter and Twidroyd already getting fixed

In an unusually quick turnaround, UberMedia chief Bill Gross said Friday afternoon that his company had already made the changes to UberTwitter and Twidroyd needed to put an end to the practices that led to the Twitter ban. UberTwitter is now expected to become UberSocial, while both apps will avoid manipulating users' own updates and should resolve the privacy problems with direct messages that break the usual 140-character limit.

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