Tweetbot, Twitteriffic, and other popular third-party clients for Twitter are still completely broken due to issues with Twitter’s API. Despite growing complaints from Twitter users and developers alike, Elon Musk has remained silent. This is leading some people to speculate that this change is intentional and that Twitter is shutting down third-party clients altogether.

As we reported overnight, Twitter’s official API for developers is almost entirely offline. This means that popular third-party Twitter apps like Twitteriffic and Tweetbot are completely broken. When you open Tweetbot, for example, you see an error message explaining that there was a “problem authenticating with Twitter.”

Meanwhile, podcaster and journalist Jason Snell says he’s heard “from someone who says someone at Twitter told them the API shutdown is absolutely intentional.” Ultimately, though, Snell says he has “no way to know if that’s legit or not.”

When I still used Twitter it was only through the TweetBot app. Chronological feeds, no ads, good platform citizen, mute filters, iCloud sync, and much more features that made access to Twitter better. It is a-shame that Twitter is spiralling downwards. The makers of TweetBot are working on a same level of quality app as TweetBot for Mastodon named Ivory. When it launches I will try it and Mastodon out.