After killing off apps used by a minority of its userbase including the “Twitter for Mac”, the micro-blogging site is shutting down its TV apps on Roku, Android TV and Xbox from May 24. Also Read - Explained: Can Twitter get banned in India?
“On Thursday, May 24, Twitter for Roku, Twitter for Android TV and Twitter for Xbox will no longer be available. To get the full Twitter experience, visit https://twitter.com on your device or desktop,” the microblogging website tweeted. Also Read - Twitter vs government: Twitter India loses legal protection for not complying with IT rules on time
This is due to the dismal feedback that users gave because these Twitter apps did not allow them to tweet from their account or fully interact with the Twittersphere in general, The Verge reported. Also Read - Twitter friends/followers seeking your unwanted attention could be Unmentioned
A report in Tech Crunch, however, said that Twitter has made the decision to kill off these apps as the micro-blogging platform works towards GDPR compliance.
“In addition, neither Xbox or Roku support a standard regularly supported video player, which made them more difficult to maintain. That also came into play with this decision,” the report said.
As compared to other TV apps like Netflix, Twitter lacked on the “exclusive video content” front as well.
Twitter for tvOS (Apple TV) and Twitter for Amazon Fire TV will continue to be available.