Recently, Twitter has been spotted working on making TweetDeck a paid feature via its Twitter Blue subscription service. According to reverse app engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who searches the code of mobile apps to discover features and upcoming differences in development, the social media giant is presently working on the addition to Twitter’s premium offering, adding it to the Twitter Blue feature list within its Android app.
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 22, 2022
Wong recently found Twitter working on adding a reference to TweetDeck in the list of Twitter Blue features in the company’s Android app. Last week, Wong came across code in the app that would restrict access to TweetDeck to users who have a Twitter Blue subscription and redirect those who don’t to sign up for one.
TweetDeck Becoming a Paid Feature Under Twitter Blue Will Shut Out Millions of Users
She also noted that if Twitter plans to go forward with making TweetDeck a paid feature under Twitter Blue, it would be shutting out millions of users who don’t have access to the subscription service yet, as it’s currently only available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. TweetDeck is presently free and doesn’t include any ads, which makes it a favored go-to service for people who don’t want to use Twitter’s web interface.
Twitter Has Not Disclosed Any Official News on the Matter Yet
When questioned about the possible change, a spokesperson from Twitter stated that the company doesn’t have anything to share at the moment. Prior to the launch of Twitter Blue last year, it was reported that Twitter’s upcoming subscription feature might charge people to use TweetDeck. But, once Twitter Blue rolled out, the premium service didn’t make any mention of TweetDeck, launching instead with tools to organize bookmarks, read threads in a clutter-free format, and an “Undo Tweet” feature.