TweetDeck struck off by Companies House over accounting issues

8 May, 2013

Developer behind popular app shut down after failing to file accounts.

TweetDeck Limited, the developer behind the TweetDeck social media app, has been shut down by Companies House.

The company, which was acquired by Twitter in 2011 for an estimated £25 million, was struck off the register of companies after its directors, Twitter’s chief executive Dick Costolo and head of trust and policy Alex Macgillivray, repeatedly failed to file formal accounts for the company over the past eight months.

The move by Companies House to strike off TweetDeck came into motion in January after Twitter’s wholly-owned British subsidiaries Twitter UK and TweetDeck did not meet the September 2012 deadline for filing their 2011 accounts.

Both companies were sanctioned for the failure, but while Twitter UK did later file its 2011 accounts, TweetDeck did not, leading to the action.

While the company’s eventual demise seemed inevitable from January, a Companies House spokeswoman told IT Pro that the action to strike off was temporarily halted on 15 March this year after an objection was lodged against the dissolution by an unnamed individual.

However, the spokeswoman was unable to divulge who had objected or the basis for their objection.

TweetDeck's striking off is the latest of a series of recent incidents to befall the platform. Earlier in May, Twitter put an end to Facebook integration and suspended mobile versions of its application. Twitter said it took the decision to cut out these services “in order to focus our development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck”.

A Twitter Spokesperson told IT Pro: "TweetDeck the product continues to thrive as part of Twitter, but the old TweetDeck company has been dormant for some time with no outstanding liabilities; hence our agreement with the move to dissolve it."