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CAPE TOWN - Twitter will reportedly be rolling out two major changes to its app which will make it harder for third-party apps to access the system. 

The social networking service is set to make these changes on August 16th which will not only limit what third-party apps can do within Twitter but also push notifications will be affected, reports The Verge. 

Twitter will retract an access point that allows developers access to the service and will replace it will a new access system. The new system will essentially limit what developers can do. 

These are the two changes that Twitter will receive:

1. The update will prevent tweets from streaming into the app in real-time. 

2. The update will also prevent and delay some push notifications in the app. 

However, Twitter will reportedly offer developers the opportunity to purchase access to a new API which will enable all the old features. This may however be expensive for consumer app developers. 

What does this mean for Twitter users?

Basically, Twitter’s timeline will have to be manually refreshed. Push notifications will either disappear completely or be limited. 

The social networking site which was also involved in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal also sold data access to the consulting firm. That firm was granted access to large-scale public Twitter data, covering months of posts, for one day in 2015, according to Twitter.

Twitter provides certain companies, developers and users with access to public data through its application programming interfaces (APIs), or software that requests and delivers information. 

The company sells the data to organizations, which often use them to analyze events, sentiment or customer service.

Enterprise customers are given the broadest data access, which includes the last 30 days of tweets or access to tweets from as far back as 2006. 

To get that access, the customers must explain how they plan to use the data, and who the end users will be.

Despite being involved in the public data scandal, the social networking site last month reported its second profitable quarter and topped Wall Street estimates for revenue and monthly active users as advertisers in Asia and other markets outside the US embraced Twitter’s video ads.

San Francisco-based Twitter has tried to grow its user base and ad business internationally, expanding beyond its home country.

US President Donald Trump has kept the service in the headlines domestically but growth has been faster abroad, including a boost in Asia in the most recent quarter.

International sales accounted for 48% of revenue, growing 53% year-over-year, compared with 2% in the US. Total revenue rose 21%.

Twitter said it expected to grow the platform's headcount between 10% and 15% this year. 

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