Twitter reverts change that left blank spaces instead of deleted embedded tweets

Twitter has confirmed it has rolled back a change that changed the appearance of deleted tweets embedded on websites outside of Twitter (thanks to @RuinDig on Twitter to point this out). Instead of leaving a blank space in place of the deleted tweets, the site goes back to displaying the original text of the tweet.

“After considering the feedback we’ve heard, we’re reversing this change for now as we explore various options,” Twitter spokesman Remi Duhé said in an emailed statement to The edge† “We appreciate those who have shared their views – your feedback helps us make Twitter better.”

If you go to a third-party webpage with an embedded tweet (such as this one from The edge), you will see that you can again see the original text, date and name of the user of the tweet. Judging by Twitter’s response, it appears this reversal is only temporary as the company devises an alternative way to display deleted tweets on websites. It’s unclear what “different options” Twitter might try, but hopefully it doesn’t mean completely blocking all information related to the tweet.

How Deleted Embedded Tweets In Articles Appeared After Twitter’s Silent Change.
Screenshot: The edge

On Wednesday, Kevin Marks pointed out that Twitter has quietly started using Javascript – possibly already at the end of March — to block deleted tweets (pictured above) embedded on other websites. This includes tweets from accounts that have been banned or suspended from Twitter, making it impossible to see embedded tweets from people like Donald Trump, who banned Twitter last year. This had a pretty big impact on news stories with deleted tweets or tweets from banned users, which are usually important for context.

Earlier this week, Twitter announced it was working on a much-anticipated “edit” button, raising concerns about whether people could abuse the feature to change the content of a tweet (including the embedded one) after it’s already been posted. shared.

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