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 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 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 through a “technical workaround” which meant a fleet’s URL may very well be accessed after 24 hours had handed. “We’re engaged on a repair that must be rolled out shortly,” a spokesperson stated.
The “workaround” referenced seems to be a developer app that would scrape fleets from public accounts through Twitter’s API. The workaround didn’t look like working Sunday morning so it’s attainable Twitter has already applied a repair.
Twitter is a bit late to the disappearing content material get together— fleets are primarily its model of Instagram or Snapchat tales, They permit cellular Twitter customers to briefly share textual content, movies, photos, or different tweets. They’re not meant to be retweetable and you may’t instantly “like” a fleet, however you’ll be able to reply to 1 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 at present no method to know whether or not somebody has taken a screenshot of your fleet, which in fact would enable it to stay on previous the 24 hour expiration.