FTC probing Twitter's business practices

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Twitter and the way it handles firms that build applications and services for its platform, according to a report from Business Insider.

According to reports, investigators from the FTC's antitrust arm have requested information from UberMedia Inc., which owns several apps that let users access and send tweets. Twitter reportedly views the firm as a competitor to its official Twitters applications.


Third-party Twitter apps have been popular since Twitter was launched in 2006 but the firm tried to take control of that market by acquiring TweetDeck, for which UberMedia was also reportedly a bidder.

In February, UberMedia said Twitter had blocked its access to tweets for violating the site's terms of service. UberMedia acknowledged receiving a request for information from the FTC and said it intends to comply fully.

The FTC routinely follows up on allegations of anti-competitive behavior from rival firms, with the investigations often resulting in no legal penalties.