Twitter has released a number of new developer updates meant to “better clarify” guidelines for using Twitter’s API and other platform tools. Among the new updates, Twitter has relaxed its display requirements, while prohibiting automated following and bulk following tools.
According to the announcement, developers must now disclose their privacy policies to users who are downloading, installing or signing up for the developer’s service. Also, Twitter is restricting third parties from hosting datasets of raw Tweets for download.
Twitter’s rules around prohibiting automated and bulk following are clearly stated in their Automation Rules and Best Practices document:
You may not use or develop any service that allows for the following or unfollowing of user accounts in a bulk or automated manner. Accounts and applications that engage in this practice will be suspended.
Beyond Twitter’s latest developer restrictions, they have relaxed author name, timestamp and permalink display requirements. Twitter also confirmed that, “…the ‘no commingling’ term doesn’t apply to manually created streams,” meaning that Twitter is okay with tweets curated with posts from other networks as long as the tweets are curated manually.