Flipboard CEO leaves Twitter board as relationship with developers deteriorates

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue is stepping down from his position on Twitter’s board of directors, a position he has held since 2010, in a move that is linked to the microblogging firm’s increasingly tense relationship with third-party developers. It is not yet known whether Twitter will name a replacement for McCue, who was appointed to the role as part of a deal between the firm and one of its major backers, Kleiner Perkins, which also backs Flipboard.

Tensions have reportedly been rising between the two companies since Twitter altered its mobile offering to display content including videos and photos in a Flipboard-style display. The news comes as Twitter says it is tightening up its rules for third-party apps, such as Flipboard, that integrate tweets from the microblogging service. It has already cut off access for LinkedIn, with McCue’s move seen as a sign that Flipboard could also lose access.