* Review focuses on dealings with developers-report
* UberMedia says has been contacted by FTC
SAN FRANCISCO, June 30 The Federal Trade
Commission is reviewing social networking company Twitter and
its dealings with at least one company that makes software
designed to interact with the service, according to media
The review is being led by the FTC's antitrust division,
according to a report in the Wall Street Journal citing an
anonymous source. The report described the FTC's review as
"narrow" and having no impact on Twitter's advertising
UberMedia, which owns several software applications that
make use of Twitter data and has had a rocky relationship with
Twitter, said it has been contacted by the FTC.
"We intend to fully comply with their request for
information," UberMedia said in an emailed statement to
Reuters. A spokeswoman declined to provide more details about
the nature of the FTC's interest.
Representatives from Twitter and the FTC declined to
Twitter, which allows people to send 140-character text
messages, or Tweets, to groups of so-called followers, is one
of the Web's most popular social networking services, along
with Facebook and Zynga.
On Thursday, Twitter said that its users now send 200
million Tweets every day on the service, up from 65 million
Tweets a year ago.
As Twitter has built new features for the service -- such
as a photo-sharing tool and special versions of the site for
smartphones -- its relationship has grown strained with some of
the third-party developers who traditionally developed many
In February, Twitter temporarily blocked several UberMedia
applications from accessing Twitter data citing violations of
its terms of service. And in May Twitter acquired TweetDeck, a
third-party application for using social networking services
which had been in acquisition talks with UberMedia.
The blog Business Insider was first to report the story and
said that the FTC is "actively investigating" Twitter and the
way it deals with the companies that build applications that
use Twitter data.
(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic with additional reporting by
Diane Bartz; editing by Carol Bishopric)