Oh, Twitter. what a crap fire. There is now a Twitter bug that relies on deleted tweets and retweets.
On May 8, The Verge’s senior reporter, James Vincent, deleted about 5,000 tweets. Today, he discovered that social media platforms have restored many tweets and retweets. In fact, Twitter reinstated an old video Vincent posted about the George Floyd protests, and it’s now three years old. Several other users have also reported this issue. What the hell is it, Twitter?
Twitter has yet to provide an explanation or (better) solution. It’s also not immediately clear how many users are affected by this bug. Former Twitter employees believe the bug was introduced when Twitter moved servers and inadvertently relied on old data. Whatever the case, social media platforms have yet to come up with an explanation or (better) solution. My throat definitely hurts.
This bug sheds a harsh, glaring light on personal data and the control we may or may not have over it. Personally, I’m not really into social media, so my posts are pretty vanilla as far as spiciness goes. That said, I like to control what I post. This bug honestly makes me reconsider having a semi-active Twitter account. If Twitter can come up with some sort of miracle elixir to fix this bug (sooner or later there will be a better option), then I’ll be around.