In a recent development, one that has not yet been publicly announced by Twitter, it turns out that the corporate behind the social media platform is trying to meddle with how users can access Twitter. This is a concerning issue for a lot of users, and Andrew Plotkin (Twitter handle: @zarfeblong) in a Tweet tried to shed some light on this issue.
To break down the tweet, and unearth what its implications might be, a closer look at how it operates is necessary. Any user uses a graphical web browser to access the internet, but that browser is implementing various web standards. What it does essentially is that it eliminates the monopoly of a graphical program in the implementation of various web standards.
The command-line tool, on the other hand, is used by millions of users to download websites which later could be viewed even in offline mode. This goes without saying that this gives the users some sort of freedom to choose how they get to access a website, either online or offline.
Apparently, there seems to be a way to bypass this: using a user-agent that imitates Google’s crawler might take the user to the content they were looking for.