Twitter’s new ephemeral tweets, known as fleets, are speculated to final for less than 24 hours. However a brand 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 by way of a “technical workaround” which meant a fleet’s URL could possibly be accessed after 24 hours had handed. “We’re engaged on a repair that must 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 look like working Sunday morning so it’s doable Twitter has already applied a repair.
Twitter is a bit late to the disappearing content material social gathering— fleets are primarily 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’ll’t immediately “like” a fleet, however you may 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 considered it, however there’s at the moment no option to know whether or not somebody has taken a screenshot of your fleet, which after all would enable it to dwell on previous the 24 hour expiration.