Twitter’s new ephemeral tweets, generally known as fleets, are supposed to final for under 24 hours. But a bug is inflicting fleets to not completely disappear, remaining accessible properly previous their expiration dates. First reported by TechCrunch, the bug permits fleets to be considered and downloaded by different customers, however with out notifying the fleet’s creator.
“We’re aware of a bug accessible through a technical workaround where some Fleets media URLs may be accessible after 24 hours,” a Twitter spokesperson stated in an e-mail to The Verge. “We are working on a fix that should be rolled out shortly.”
The “workaround” referenced seems to be a developer app that would scrape fleets from public accounts through Twitter’s API. The Twitter API doesn’t return URLs for fleets that are older than 24 hours, in accordance to the corporate, and as soon as the repair is rolled out, even when somebody has a URL for lively fleet, it received’t work after the expiration level.
And whereas fleets are solely visible on customers’ timelines for 24 hours, Twitter shops fleets on its again finish for up to 30 days, longer for fleets that violate its guidelines and will require enforcement motion, the corporate says. During that 30 day interval, a fleet is on the market in a person’s Twitter Data downloads so long as Twitter is retaining a copy. The “seen by” motion is often solely accessible when somebody views a fleet through the Twitter app.
Twitter is a bit late to the disappearing content material celebration— fleets are basically its model of Instagram or (*24*) tales, They enable cellular Twitter customers to briefly share textual content, movies, photographs, or different tweets. They’re not meant to be retweetable and you may’t straight “like” a fleet, however you possibly can reply to one by tapping on it, which sends a direct message to the fleet’s creator.
Update November twenty second, 10:56 AM ET: Added remark from Twitter and extra particulars