Twitter Suspends, Then Reinstates, UberMedia Apps, Citing Policy Violations

Update: After Twitter on Friday suspended three mobile clients owned by UberMedia, claiming they violated certain policies, today Twitter reinstated access to its APIs for twidroyd and UberSocial for Blackberry. “We’ve given the developers of twidroyd and UberSocial for Blackberry (formerly UberTwitter) access to the Twitter API again. Our initial review indicates that steps have been taken to remedy the violations for these applications. When the developer updates twidroyd and UberSocial, you’ll be able to download their updates to access Tweets again on these applications,” the company wrote in its support blog. (Original post with back story below.)

Twitter is suspending three Twitter clients made by Biill Gross’ in a move that is raising eyebrows because UberMedia has been aggressively building a collection of Twitter apps that compete directly with Twitter’s own clients. In a short post, Twitter says it has suspended UberTwitter, UberCurrent, and twidroyd for violating unspecified policies and suggests users can download Twitter’s own official apps instead.

In a note provided to TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb, Twitter says the violations included 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.”

UberMedia tells us it that it has now put into place the changes, which include changing the name of UberTwitter to UberSocial. The company says that “Twitter has assured us that as soon as those changes were complete, they would reactivate our applications.”

Still, the temporary suspension comes just as UberMedia’s profile is increasing. Only four days ago, the company raised $17.5 million in a new funding round led by Accel Partners. It’s also said to be very close to purchasing another popular Twitter client, TweetDeck, for as much as $30 million.

Twitter has not been shy in the past about pitting itself against third-parties that have built their business around its site, expanding into a number of areas that it previously left to startups. For instance, last year it banned third-party ad networks from its site and launched a URL shortener of its own. The company has defended all of those decisions by saying they’re necessary to better serve users.