Twitter Spokesperson Makes Suspension Statement Available Across the Internet

Today, Twitter suspended a couple of apps – UberTwitter and twidroyd – because they broke API rules. The statement from Twitter spokesperson Matt Graves has appeared in a number of outlets, on the Twitter blog, and even on Quora.  The response from Quora after the jump.

We’re not going to get into a discussion about this here, but for context, I’ve enclosed the statement we’ve been providing to media asking about today’s news:

We ask all developers in the Twitter ecosystem to abide by a simple set of rules that are in the interests of our users, as well as the health and vitality of the platform as a whole.

We often take actions to enforce these rules; in fact, on an average day we turn off more than one hundred services that violate our API rules of the road. This keeps the ecosystem fair for everyone.

Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.

We’ve had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010, when they first launched under the name TweetUp – a term commonly used by Twitter users and a trademark violation. We continue to be in contact with UberMedia and hope that they will bring the suspended applications into compliance with our policies soon.