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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wants to 'reset' their complicated relationship with developers

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October 22
11:29 PM 2015

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he wants to "reset" the company's fraught relationship with its developers during their annual developers conference in San Francisco Thursday.

According to San Jose Mercury News, Twitter's relationship with its developers isn't ideal and is complicated. Dorsey said, "We want to reset our relationship and we want to make sure that we're learning, that we're listening and that we are rebooting, and that's what today represents."

Hindustan Times reported that Dorsey continued to say that somewhere along the line Twitter's relationship with its developers had been stained and complicated. He even apologized to more than 1,000 developers who were in the event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

The microblogging company doesn't allow any third-party Twitter app made by developers to have more control over the platform. This angered developers, especially since these apps are some of the major reasons for Twitter's success. Dorsey even said that developers are important in fulfilling the platform's duty for the global company.

In a report by Buzz Feed News, during his speech, Dorsey referenced the developer-built project called Politwoops, which is a tool that can track politicians' deleted tweets. Dorsey decided to shut this project down. "We have a responsibility to have an open dialogue with you to make sure we are serving you in the best way," the CEO said. "We have a responsibility to continue to empower organizations that bring more transparency to public dialogue, such as Politwoops."

Besides the reconciliation between the company and its developers, Twitter also announced Wednesday that it will launch a new feature that lets people make polls. The company will also revamp its services on Mac, and it will offer more tools that will help developers. Another big problem the giant tech company is facing is its plan to lay off some 336 employees, which is 8 percent of its total workers.

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