Tumblr was forced to remove Twitter as a source of finding friends for its users on Wednesday.
The news, first reported by The Next Web, comes after the microblogging service debuted stricter API rules that negatively impact third-party app developers. Both Tumblr and Twitter later confirmed the removal.
Now, Tumblr users are left with Facebook and Gmail to find friends when signing up for the service.
The blogging platform, which has always been tightly integrated with Twitter, expressed its disappointment over the turn of events in a statement.
“To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to ‘Find Twitter Friends’ on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing their platform, this is especially upsetting. Our syndication feature is responsible for hundreds of millions of tweets, and we eagerly enabled Twitter Cards across 70 million blogs and 30 billion posts as one of Twitter’s first partners. While we’re delighted by the response to our integrations with Facebook and Gmail, we are truly disappointed by Twitter’s decision,” Tumblr told The Next Web.
Last month, the same fate befell Instagram, whose “Find Twitter Friends” feature was disabled. At the time, a Twitter spokeswoman gave a rather cryptic message about the decision: “We understand that there’s great value associated with Twitter’s follow graph data, and we can confirm that it is no longer available within Instagram.”
When contacted by The Next Web for comment, Twitter pointed to its original statement, without providing any further information.
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