Meerkat Founder On Getting The Kill Call From Twitter


Meerkat founder Ben Rubin has criticized Twitter for only giving the live streaming startup two hours’ notice before pulling the plug on access to its social graph. Speaking onstage with TechCrunch’s Josh Constine here at Disrupt NY, Rubin said: “Big platforms should take leadership coming from courage and not fear.”

He added that getting a call from Twitter with just two hours’ notice to change the product “sucked.”

“You get this call and they say ‘hey, we really like the product but… by the rules you cannot use the graph in a competitive way and we just launched Periscope in a beta and we’re going to close it’.”

“It was Saturday – all the team went back to the office to get ready to dive in,” he added.

Rubin was not critical of the actual decision Twitter made, noting it is just following its own rules about shutting off access to…

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