Twitter has been changing its view on third-party apps recently and today announced further changes to the way users can control the amount of information these apps can have access to.
In March Twitter announced it was restricting third-party developers from developing Twitter clients which mimic or replicate Twitter’s official apps following numerous violations of the Terms of Service. Today it announced new permission processes to allow users more control over what third-party apps can and can’t access. “All third-party applications that you allow to access your Twitter account go through a permissions process. Today we’re announcing an update to help you make more informed choices about the way third-party apps integrate with your Twitter account.” Beginning today, apps that you use to access your direct messages will ask for your permission again. By the middle of June, applications that do not need access to your direct messages will no longer have it, and you can continue to use these apps as usual.
There will also be more detailed permission screens when you first connect an app to Twitter. Among the various levels of access you give it include reading your Tweets, seeing who you follow, updating your profile, posting Tweets on your behalf, or accessing your direct messages. If you’re not comfortable with the level of access an application requests, simply say “No, thanks.” These changes come following requests from users and developers who asked for a greater level of clarity and control. There are apparently hundreds of thousands of third-party apps designed to interact with Twitter and these changes should help clarify exactly what you’re giving these apps access to.
Source: Twitter Blog