At some point, imitation is no longer a form of flattery.
GETTR, the Twitter clone run by former Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller, encountered additional problems on Saturday when it lost the ability to automatically import tweets directly from Twitter. So claimed Miller, who announced the latest setback to his fledgling social media platform via (or elsewhere) Twitter.
Twitter has blocked users from importing their existing tweets to GETTR, the new free speech platform challenging social media oligarchs, preventing people from accessing their own hard work, creativity and original content “, he wrote.
We contacted Twitter to confirm that it had indeed restricted GETTR’s ability to extract tweets presumably directly through Twitter’s API, and, if so, why, but received no immediate response. Active Twitter users can of course always access their own tweets, regardless of GETTR’s access to the Twitter API.
It should be noted that Miller was not always the most reliable of narrators, and his latest statement veers into flawed claims about section 230. So it’s better to wait for Twitter to speak out than to take his claims at face value.
GETTR, which looks and works a lot like Twitter, initially touted the ability of users to import their existing tweets to its platform as a kind of decoy. No need to create accounts from scratch, that makes sense.
“Tweets are up to the point where you join, it won’t suck them up all the time,” an anonymous person involved in GETTR told Politico on July 1. “The idea is that we want people to go from Twitter to Gettr.”
GETTR is the latest in a line of social media apps targeting conservatives to struggle after their initial launch. Talking was briefly kicked from the Apple App Store, and Gab is said to have suffered a serious security breach in the spring, involving a hacker accessing users’ private messages.
GETTR also suffered from what one might charitably call a privacy accident. On July 4, many important GETTR accounts were disfigured by a hacker – a hacker who, it should be noted, left a message asking GETTR users to follow them on Twitter.
But then, of course, to do that, they would have to be on Twitter – with all of their old tweets.