Have anyone seen this message before, when accessing the official twitter app?

"(null)" would like access to twitter accounts

I have an iPod Touch with iOS 5, not jail-broken.

Is it a virus?

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Twitter has been integrated into iOS 5. To view the authorized apps connected to your account, go to Settings > Twitter. Any app that has the ability to "tweet" will request access to your Twitter credentials (Safari, Photos, for example).

The error message you are seeing is a bug in the Twitter client. It should read: "Twitter would like access to twitter accounts." Allowing it access means not having to sign in using the client. Your credentials will be pulled right from iOS.

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There are no viruses or exploits in the wild for any handheld Apple device. Furthermore, such exploits would require the installation of a unscrupulous app, something which Apple's App Store protects against.

You can read more about Apple's iOS Twitter integration here.


It is a bug in the Twitter app, not a virus. (null) is simply what the program gets when trying to insert a nonexistent name into would like access to Twitter accounts.

I would report this as a bug to Twitter.

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