Twitter customers report deleted tweets return, gained't delete

One other new bug is outwardly plaguing Twitter. And this time the issue is a fairly large one from a privateness standpoint.

Twitter customers are reporting that once-deleted tweets have since returned to their profile. The difficulty impacts not solely common tweets, however replies and retweets as effectively.

The Verge’s James Vincent reported(opens in a brand new tab) on Monday that he skilled this bug himself. Vincent deleted all of his tweets utilizing the TweetDelete.web(opens in a brand new tab) service on Could 8. Nonetheless, Vincent seen that a couple of tweets that he had retweeted previous to that date quickly returned to his profile feed. In reality, one of many retweeted tweets that had been restored to his account was one which he recalled retweeting approach again in 2020 because it was a publish a couple of breaking information occasion on the time.

Final week, ZDNet reported(opens in a brand new tab) on customers dealing with comparable points with deleted tweets being restored on the platform. One such case concerned a person who left Twitter again in November and reportedly deleted all of his tweets. Software program developer Dick Morrell recounted(opens in a brand new tab) what occurred to his personal Twitter account by way of a publish on Mastodon. 

Morrell stated he deleted roughly 38,000 tweets shortly after Elon Musk acquired Twitter final 12 months. His account was left with 5 energetic tweets after utilizing Redact, a service like TweetDelete that helps mass take away a customers’ personal social media posts. Morrell later seen that his Twitter account had a tweet depend of round 34,000 tweets. Tens of hundreds of the tweets he had deleted had been restored to his account.

Since then, Morrell has run the mass deletion device once more and has needed to examine Twitter each few weeks to ensure random deleted tweets do not return to his account.

It is unclear how widespread the difficulty is. In keeping with Morrell, he is heard from a whole bunch of customers who’ve skilled an identical concern relating to the return of as soon as deleted tweets. Mashable was capable of finding a few(opens in a new tab) Twitter customers reporting(opens in a new tab) comparable experiences.

Nonetheless, Twitter has been plagued with a number of weird points and bugs since Musk’s takeover. For instance, one bug resulted in a major safety concern and triggered semi-private circle tweets to be seen by customers exterior of the unique tweeters circle.

And a few builders have instructed(opens in a brand new tab) that the zombie tweets coming back from the lifeless really is sensible, if you happen to take into account Musk has beforehand talked about closing knowledge facilities and shifting servers round. Deleted tweets can all of a sudden return if Twitter is restoring knowledge from a sure time interval, with out considering that customers may have deleted such content material within the time between.