Twitter is experiencing a bizarre bug that is reportedly causing deleted tweets to reappear. So far we’ve seen tweets from November 2022 and earlier reappearing. Apart from the fact that this bug can land Twitter into a deep ditch of non-compliance with data privacy and security regulations like GDPR, it is making a joke out of the social networking site used by 450 million people across the globe.
Let’s see what open-source developer and security expert Richard Morrell had to say about the issue. “Last November, I deleted all my Tweets. Every single one. I then ran Redact and deleted all my likes, my media, and retweets. 38k tweets gone. … Woke up today to find 34k of them restored by Twitter, who presumably brought a server farm back up.” said Morrell through his Mastodon handle.
When asked about the problem, a former site reliability engineer at Twitter said, “sounds a lot like they moved a bunch of servers between data centers and didn’t properly adjust the topology before reinserting them into the network.”
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Notably, one of Elon Musk’s many radical moves after acquiring Twitter was disbanding the press team and replacing it with a bot. When Twitter’s press bot was asked about the issue of deleted messages reappearing, it replied with a habitual poop emoji 💩
According to Richard Morrell, at least 400 of his contacts have reported having faced the same issue. The number of deleted tweets and retweets that have been restored could be in millions. This could be a serious issue for people who might have deleted a rash tweet out of regret. An old deleted tweet about a sensitive issue can resurface to land a person in trouble with their employer.
60% of US users of Twitter have taken a break from the app. A lot of people are moving to competitors like Mastodon. A Twitter-clone by Meta is also on the cards. This bug is going to be a hard blow for Twitter and its newly hired CEO Linda Yaccarina.