Twitter Locks Out UberMedia Products Over TOS Violations

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Well how about that? In the same month that UberMedia raised $17.5 million and acquired TweetDeck for $30 million, Twitter decided to block the company’s products. Twitter suspended UberMedia products UberTwitter and Twidroyd for violating Twitter’s terms of service. Below is a response from Twitter’s spokeswoman:

We ask all developers in 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.

Twitter owns the trademark for the word “Tweet” and UberMedia owns the company TweetDeck. TweetDeck recently launched a feature that allows you to write tweets that are longer than 140 characters, which is also a feature that Twitter does not want associated with their service.