Twitter’s new ephemeral tweets, often called fleets, are purported to final for less than 24 hours. However a brand new bug was inflicting fleets to not completely disappear, remaining accessible properly previous their expiration dates. First reported by TechCrunch, the bug permits fleets to be seen and downloaded by different customers, however with out notifying the fleet’s writer.
Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from The Verge on Sunday, however informed TechCrunch it was conscious of the bug, accessible by way of a “technical workaround” which meant a fleet’s URL might be accessed after 24 hours had handed. “We’re engaged on a repair that needs to be rolled out shortly,” a spokesperson mentioned.
The “workaround” referenced seems to be a developer app that would scrape fleets from public accounts by way of Twitter’s API. The workaround didn’t seem like 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 basically its model of Instagram or Snapchat tales, They permit cell Twitter customers to briefly share textual content, movies, pictures, or different tweets. They’re not meant to be retweetable and you may’t instantly “like” a fleet, however you possibly can reply to at least one by tapping on it, which sends a direct message to the fleet’s creator.
With most fleets customers can see who has seen it, however there’s presently no technique 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.