Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

Summary: Last week, Google got hit by a federal probe. This week, micro-blogging giant Twitter is reportedly under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Last week, Google got hit by a federal probe. This week, micro-blogging giant Twitter is reportedly under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

According to The Business Insider, the FTC is "actively investigating Twitter and the way it deals with the companies building applications and services for its platform." Additionally, Twitter is expected to soon be uploading a site dedicated to providing "as much information as possible" for developers and partners.  will soon create a site to "offer up as much information as possible to developers and partners."

BI assumes that the two pieces of news are related, and it's hard to argue at this point. It's not that it looks suspicious on Twitter's part, but maybe it's better to be proactive in this regard than wait for a lawsuit, fine or whatever the FTC might slap down.

At this point, it's unclear as to why the FTC would be looking behind the scenes at Twitter. One of the more likely explanations would probably have something to do with the fact that Twitter has been cracking down on support for third-party client apps for its platform. Twitter has made it known publicly that it wants these third-party apps gone. (Maybe San Francisco-based company said it more politely, but that's the gist.)

One way Twitter has gone about this publicly is buying these clients out, such as Tweetie last year and TweetDeck this year. However, now there is speculation that Twitter might be acting more aggressively than we thought. That's possibly where and why the FTC has stepped in.

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  • Could it be...

    ...that Twitter isn't spreading enough K-Street cash about Washington?
    JohnMcGrew@...
    • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

      @JohnMcGrew@... Nope... More likely MS has a new target acquisition...
      jessepollard
  • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

    Lots of "maybe"s, assumptions and "speculation" in this article. Total fluff and no help at all in investigating the subject matter.
    GrumpyHair
    • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

      @GrumpyHair If you want fluff, check out the two posts before yours.
      jgm@...
    • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

      Totally agree GrumpyHair. Not enough information in this poorly worked article.
      jjstone
  • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

    Will Twitter reply to all of the FTC's questions with 140 characters or less?
    jgm@...
    • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

      @jgm@... Nicely done.
      snoop0x7b
  • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

    What message does that send to the next up & coming internet social infrastructure startup? It sends the message, 'Welcome to the New Socialist Amerika.' The federal government wont be happy until it has big brother oversight and control into everything!

    It also sends the message that you shouldn't claim you are creating an open platform to juice your own adoption and than attempt to foreclose that market when you have become mainstream and have the leverage, wealth, and power to shut it down. What's wrong with that?
    Elishia Windfohr
    • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

      @Elishia Windfohr
      You are exactly correct.
      jamesfairman@...
    • The message is...

      ...that once you get big enough to get their attention, you need to hire some expensive lobbyists and start spreading some protection money around. This was Microsoft's big, expensive lesson from the '90s.
      JohnMcGrew@...
    • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

      @Elishia Windfohr <br><br>Socialist? Using 3rd party companies to build up your business, then shooting them in the head when you become successful. THAT's socialist in the Soviet model. Please, spare us your meager understanding of American government service to its citizens. Staying awake in civics class can actually be enlightening.
      ewelch
      • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

        @ewelch Many people don't know the difference between socialism and fascism and will call Obama a, "Nazi socialist dictator." Kind of frustrating isn't it?
        snoop0x7b
      • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

        @snoop... well, "Nazi" means "national socialist." (party) But I see what you're saying, the US is not socialist. It's "corporatist" which is what Mussolini said was a better name for the fascist system. We have "soft fascism." Look at recent supreme court decisions giving corporations more rights than flesh and blood people.
        pgit
      • Does that mean that you are happy....

        @ewelch

        ...with the sorry state of this government? Sure, we all were awake in civics class. And then we went out in the world and discovered the truth.

        BTW: What "American government service to its citizens"?
        sissy sue
      • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

        @pgit In name yes, but by political theory they were fascists. It's a little bit confusing, but the nazis are in a very clear way fascists.

        I do think it's interesting, however, how fascism often masquerades as socialism to gain acceptance.
        snoop0x7b
      • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

        @snoop0x7b and @ewelch;

        I agree. The American public's ignorance of government is not just frustrating, it's downright frightening. The Achille's Heel of any democracy is an uneducated, uninformed, and uninvolved electorate easily herded by fevered appeals to emotion.

        American government now might best be described as a plutocracy or even an oligarchy.
        Cardhu
    • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

      @Elishia Windfohr well said Elishia... this is @EdF1958
      godsdragon
    • Correction:

      @Elishia Windfohr

      "Welcome to the New Fascist Amerika," where your fellow citizens are happy to see you rot in prison for a non-violent offense, but will be celebrating what they think is "their freedom" on Monday.

      Otherwise, your sentiments are right on target.
      sissy sue
  • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

    Well, there's plenty of corporate insider info that can be put into a 140 character tweet.

    And then there's the 800 lb. corporate gorilla on the loose whose sole means of communication uses massive text shortcuts to self-promote their service.

    Given the choice between the two, your idea makes more sense, but then, who said the 800 lb. gorilla in the room had to make sense? ;)
    nkfro
  • RE: Report: Twitter under investigation by Federal Trade Commission

    Clearly Twitter hasn't learned the lesson - hire public sector workers, donate HEAVILY to McBama and his ilk.
    jamesfairman@...