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Twitter yesterday announced updates to its developer platform terms that aim to reign in the use of automation by bad actors "to perform coordinated actions across multiple accounts." Twitter's updated policies forbid applications from posting identical content to multiple Twitter accounts.
Location-based social media analytics company GeoFeedia attempted to abuse the public data streams it receives from other social media platforms by monitoring the public, according to documents revealed by the ACLU. This article on Techdirt discusses the issue, and how the major platforms responded.
Daily API RoundUp: WikiLeaks Hillary Clinton Email Archive, Bitport, AppMonsta, PredictHQ, Bitcoin Block Explorer
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Bitcoin, Politics, Torents and Nutrition. One highlight today is an API which provides data from Hilliary Clinton's emails while she was Secretary of State.. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
The UK’s recent decision to leave the EU has had, and will continue to have, far-reaching impacts beyond many people’s ability to foresee. In a recent article for Recode, Bryan Kirschner discussed the vote’s effect on the progress of open banking and its innovative API foundation on the continent.
Technology is applied to many industries to varying degrees. This post by Danny Schreiber from Zapier discusses how the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee used Zapier’s web app automation and integration service to connect distributed voter data to define campaign efforts.
Twitter has reversed its decision to shut off API access to Politwoops, a service that tracks and posts the deleted tweets of politicians. Twitter shut down API access for the U.S. Politwoops site in June of last year, and the remaining Politwoops websites lost API access a few months later.
With The AP releasing an updated version of its Elections API earlier this year, news organisations across the US now have faster access to elections race information. This led NPR and the NY Times to improve on their legacy FTP system by building a new API for accessing AP information faster.
Twitter confirmed it revoked Politwoops' API access. Twitter concluded Politwoops' API use violates Twitter's developer agreement, but Politwoops thinks there is more to it.