Why Apps Shouldn’t Be Able To Auto Post Tweets From Users

There are plenty of apps that ask for access to your Facebook or Twitter account to use. But most don’t post questionable content on your behalf.

Which is why when tech journalist for Pocketables Andreas Odegard gave Twitter access to update his Oxford Deluxe Dictionary app (which is powered by the Japanese company Enfour), he wasn’t expecting the company to send a message from his Twitter account. Let alone a tweet that read, “How about we all stop using pirated iOS apps? I promise to stop. I really will. #softwarepirateconfession.”

Essentially the app’s update 4.1.4 which claims, “Update now! Very important,” “Crucial maintenance release,” seemed to be a way to use Twitter to stop users from bootlegging apps. This is a very bad idea. Not only are there legal issues regarding using a person’s Twitter, but Odegard actually paid for the $54.99 app.

He explains what he think might have made him look like a pirate. He writes: “I have Installous, a jailbreak app for installing pirated apps, installed, but have only ever used it once: When Scanner Pro, which I also legally own, introduced a bug in the app that made the app stop working completely on my device. Installous lets you browse a list of available pirated versions of the app, which also means you can use it to go back to an older version of an app you legally own. This is otherwise impossible in iOS, unlike on Android.”