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Twitter Tightens Process for App Developers to Clean Up Site

  • Site removed more than 143,000 apps from April through June
  • Social media company wants to address ‘health of conversation’
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Twitter Inc. is introducing a stricter application process for developers that want access to the social platform’s data and removing more apps that violate its code of conduct, part of the continuing effort to clean up conversation on the site and stem spam.

Twitter provides certain companies, developers and users with access to public data through its application programming interfaces (APIs), or software that requests and delivers information. Starting Tuesday, all requests for access will go through reviews to determine how developers will use the information. Twitter also will carry out policy compliance checks as part of the new registration process. The new rules will help screen out “spammy” and low-quality apps, according to a company blog post. From April and June, Twitter said it removed more than 143,000 apps for violating its policies.