Developers Are Contacting The Federal Trade Commission About Twitter

Developers are pretty ticked at Twitter about the pending API changes, so ticked in fact that they’re contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to complain.

And we’re not talking just one or two developers either, there are a LOT of developers contacting the FTC . . . just don’t expect any to come forward to admit it.

Except this guy, it seems.

The Next Web reports that they’re been talking to “several” Twitter developers “who have reached out to representatives of the [FTC] with regards to possible antitrust violations.”

Who are these developers? Could be any of them, really (so start finger-pointing) – but we’ll never know. They plan to remain anonymous and that’s probably a wise choice.

Although their plans for working with Twitter are apparently short-term (these anonymous complainers plan to “continue to be involved in the ecosystem for now,” according to Next Web), the new API regulations call for some pretty intimate interaction with Twitter. An FTC complaint would just make the whole thing awkward. Like that relative who sent you a nasty Facebook message and then sits next to you at Thanksgiving.

But one developer guy is so ticked, he doesn’t care about awkwardness – or maybe he doesn’t plan to use Twitter’s API ever again. Either way, he has contacted the FTC and he’s sharing the email too.

Who is this man? David Barnard of AppCubby. And here’s the email he sent (excerpt from TheNextWeb):


Subject: Twitter

The announcement Twitter made yesterday regarding 3rd party apps on their ecosystem doesn’t fit the typical definition of anti-trust, but will definitely lead to “inferior service” and “fewer choices for consumers”. I think it’s worth looking into.

It already forced me out of the market:


Hmm. As David wrote, Twitter’s pending API changes do not “fit the typical definition of anti-trust” and, to be fair (to Twitter), David’s App doesn’t really fit the typical definition of “forced out of the market” by Twitter (he wrote about the app “fizzling” in November of last year). But I guess we’ll see what the FTC says.

Do you think Twitter’s pending API changes violate Antitrust Law? If you have legal background or just a fantastically witty response, please share your thoughts in the comments!

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