Twitter’s new ephemeral tweets, known as fleets, are supposed to final for less than 24 hours. But a new bug was inflicting fleets to not completely disappear, remaining accessible effectively 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.
Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from The Verge on Sunday, however instructed TechCrunch it was conscious of the bug, accessible through a “technical workaround” which meant a fleet’s URL may very well be accessed after 24 hours had handed. “We are working on a fix that should be rolled out shortly,” a spokesperson mentioned.
The “workaround” referenced seems to be a developer app that might scrape fleets from public accounts through Twitter’s API. The workaround didn’t seem to be working Sunday morning so it’s attainable Twitter has already carried out a repair.
Twitter is a bit late to the disappearing content material celebration— fleets are primarily its model of Instagram or Snapchat tales, They permit cellular Twitter customers to briefly share textual content, movies, pictures, or different tweets. They’re not meant to be retweetable and you’ll’t immediately “like” a fleet, however you may reply to one by tapping on it, which sends a direct message to the fleet’s creator.
With most fleets customers can see who has considered it, however there’s at the moment no method to know whether or not somebody has taken a screenshot of your fleet, which after all would permit it to dwell on previous the 24 hour expiration.