This afternoon, Twitter announced it was suspending UberMedia clients ubbertwitter and twidroyd for violating the company’s policies. The exact nature of the policy violations is unclear as is the duration of the suspension.
Subsequently, UberMedia tweeted through their @Twidroyd account that
“a new version of twidroyd that resolves our twitter ban will be available shortly on the android market”
This new version of Twidroyd is coming only days after the company the February 16 launch of Twidroyd 5 which included several new features including the ability to browse Channels, Trending Topics and nearby tweets without signing into Twitter or even having a Twitter account and integrated TMI viewing of tweets longer than 140 characters and in-line viewing of longer tweets without leaving the twidroyd app as well as enhanced geotagging through a partnership with Skyhook Wireless, among other enhancements. If, as TechCrunch reports, the violations leading to the suspension were
“[…] 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,” the new version may very closely resemble and old version.
Echofon, another client in the UberMedia family does not appear to have been affected by the suspension. TechCruch reports the suspension does, however, apply to UberMedia UberCurrent client.
Exact figures of how many Twitter users are affected by the suspension are unavailable. Twitter simply notes that a larger number of users are affected than are usually affected by the hundreds of app suspensions the company says it enacts on a daily basis. Charts from the fall of 2010 reprinted by the Business Insider seem to support this claim.