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Fleets on Twitter to be still visible after 24 hours

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The new ephemeral tweets, known as fleets, are supposed to last for only 24 hours. However, a new bug is causing Twitter fleets to not totally disappear. The fleets remain accessible past their expiration dates.

The bug permits other users to view and download fleets, but without notifying the fleet’s author.

Twitter, the micro-blogging and social networking service, did not clarify but said that it was aware of the bug, which was accessible via a technical workaround and which meant that a Twitter fleet’s URL could be accessed even after 24 hours.

A spokesperson of Twitter said, “We are working on the glitch and a fix should likely be rolled out shortly.”

The workaround referenced seems to be a developer app that could remove the fleets from public accounts via Twitter’s API. The workaround didn’t appear to be functioning on Sunday so it seems that Twitter has already executed a fix.

Despite the fact that fleets are only visible on the timelines of users’ for 24 hours, Twitter stores fleets on its back end for about up to 30 days, and likely longer for fleets that violate the platform’s rules and may require enforcement action. The company says that during the 30 day period, a fleet is available in a user’s Twitter Data downloads as long as micro-blogging and social networking platform is retaining a copy. The action ‘seen by’ is normally only available when someone views a fleet through the Twitter app.

Twitter is a little late to the disappearing content and fleets are just basically its version of Instagram or Snapchat stories. Fleets allow mobile Twitter users to briefly share text, images, videos, or other tweets. Fleets are not retweetable and users can’t directly like a fleet, but they can reply to one by tapping on it, which sends a direct message to the fleet’s creator.

With most fleets, users can get to know who has viewed it, but at present, there is no way to know whether someone has taken a screenshot of your fleet, which for sure would allow it to live on past the 24-hour expiry.


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