Twitter backtracks from blaming Apple iOS 8 for user loss

“Twitter Inc. is no longer blaming Apple Inc.’s September iOS software update for the loss of 4 million users,” Sarah Frier reports for Bloomberg.

“Twitter Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo on Thursday pointed to an “unforeseen bug” in the Apple update to explain the loss of users to analysts during its most recent quarter. Twitter’s active members grew more slowly than Wall Street had estimated, prompting several analysts to press the CEO on the trend during its earnings call,” Frier reports. “On Friday, a clarification message appeared on Twitter’s investor relations account. ‘There was no bug or issue with iOS 8,’ the tweet said. ‘It is an issue on Twitter’s side as users upgraded.'”

“The glitch wasn’t in the software itself, a spokesman for San Francisco-based Twitter said Friday,” Frier reports. “The problems were related to the social network’s integration of the Apple update. For example, users who had accounts that weren’t encrypted lost their credentials for logging into the service, he said.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


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