Keeping things safe - new requirements affecting developers

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Today, we’ve announced some important changes to the developer platform, to protect and safeguard our users, to reduce spam, and to ensure that the developer platform works in service of the overall health of conversation on Twitter.

These are some significant changes over the way the developer experience has worked over the past 12 years, and as such, we strongly encourage you to read the announcement on the developer blog in detail, in order to understand the updates and their impacts in full.

To summarize the major points:

  • the new Developer Portal, and the application process for access to the portal, is being extended to all developers using standard and premium APIs, following the launch in November, 2017.

  • the new process for applying for developer access includes use case reviews, and compliance checks. Applications with incomplete or insufficient information, or which do not comply with Twitter’s policies, may be delayed or rejected.

  • from today, all new apps must be created on developer.twitter.com instead of on the old apps.twitter.com platform. Existing apps may still be managed on apps.twitter.com today.

    • developers are limited to 10 apps per account. If you have more than that currently, they will not be impacted, but you will not be able to create new apps.
    • in the future, apps.twitter.com will be retired, and all app management will be consolidated into developer.twitter.com. There will be a 90 day notice period before this occurs.
  • new application-level POST limits will be enforced on September 10th, 2018. These changes will help cut down on the ability to distribute spam on Twitter via our APIs. These changes only impact a small percentage of apps overall, but apply to all apps that create Tweets, Retweets, Likes, Follows, or Direct Messages. If you expect your app to exceed these limits, there will be a process to request elevated access, subject to an additional review by our team.

  • we are introducing a method for reporting suspected violations of our developer platform policies for additional review by our team.

The blog post contains much more information on all of the above points, so we encourage you to review it in detail.

If you have any questions, please direct them toward the following:

The platform continues to evolve, so to keep-up-to-date with the latest news, check out the range of ways you can choose to do so on our Stay Informed page.


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