Posted by z3d in Tech

An open source project that let people view tweets without going to has shut down, as Elon Musk's changes seem to have closed off all possible ways to access the Twitter network without a user account.

Nitter provided an alternative front-end to Twitter but has been struggling for months., the official Nitter instance, went down a few weeks ago.

NoLog, a Czech group that ran another Nitter instance, announced its demise today. NoLog operated one of the largest Nitter instances but is a different group than the one that created Nitter itself.

"Nitter is over—it's been a fun ride. Twitter blocked the last known way to access their network without a user account," the NoLog update said.

Users reported that many Nitter instances went down about eight months ago as Twitter (now called X) imposed new API restrictions. Some instances stayed online with workarounds, which no longer work.

"Most Nitter servers were using a technique of generating loads of temporary tokens that were used for accessing the content, but that path is now blocked as well," the NoLog update today said.



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righttoprivacy wrote (edited )

This is sad. The walls over the garden grow ever taller. :'( I don't for a second believe he bought it for "free speech", as deamplification is admitted, and blocking nitter destroys neutral 3rd party searches.

And there are hidden owners. Believe some doc mentioned around 80? It was ten's of controlling interest owners, that much I remember.