Twitter bug allows users to see and download Fleets on public accounts past the 24-hour expiration date

  • Twitter launched Fleets this month that disappear in 24 hours
  • A new bug is allowing users to see and download the tweets past the 24 hours
  • Using an app, a user accessed Twitter’s back-end system where they saw Fleets
  • The user was able to download all of the disappearing messages via a URL link
  • Twitter says it is working to fix the glitch and Fleets should soon work again 

Twitter’s new Fleets are designed to disappear in 24 hours, but users have spotted a bug that allows others to see the ephemeral tweets past the expiration date.

The issue appears to be linked to a developer app that can access Twitter’s back-end system, allowing anyone to scrape tweets from public accounts via a direct URL link.

Along with being visible, the glitch makes it possible for users to download Fleets without the original author being notified.

Twitter has addressed the problem, sharing that once it is fixed users will not have the ability to access Fleets.

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DailyMail.com has reached out to Twitter and is waiting for a response.

Twitter launched Fleets last week, which allows users to make tweets disappear in 24 hours.

However, the firm has hit a few bumps in the road since the rollout – it had to slow down the rollout to fix performance and stability issues just a day after the announcement.

And now, the feature seems to be useless.

Along with being visible, the glitch makes it possible for users to download Fleets without the original author being notified. Twitter has addressed the problem, sharing that once it is fixed users will not have the ability to access Fleets

Along with being visible, the glitch makes it possible for users to download Fleets without the original author being notified. Twitter has addressed the problem, sharing that once it is fixed users will not have the ability to access Fleets

According to TechCrunch, the bug was uncovered using an app that is designed to interact with Twitter’s back-end system using its developer API.

When the back-end was access, a user was able to see a list of Fleets and each had its own direct URL.

A Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch that they are working to fix the glitch.

‘We’re aware of a bug accessible through a technical workaround where some Fleets media URLs may be accessible after 24 hours,’ the firm shared in an email.

‘We are working on a fix that should be rolled out shortly.’

Once fixed, according to Twitter, Fleets will have the designated expiration date.

However, the firm also noted that it is not deleting these posts from its servers for up to 30 days and longer if the content violates its rules.

Fleets are similar to Snapchat, Instagram Stories and WhatsApp’s new ‘disappearing messages’, giving users the option to create posts that later automatically vanish.

These tweets are also blocked from being retweeted or receiving public response – the only way to interact is through Direct Messages.

Followers can reply to Fleets by sending a private Direct Message, but only if they follow each other or the account holder has their Direct Messages set to open.

Fleets are designed to help users feel more comfortable participating on the platform in a ‘lower pressure way’ without the need to worry about retweets and likes, the firm said.



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