A bug is causing the fleets of some users on Twitter to remain accessible even after the 24-hour expiration date.
The new fleets feature is intended to allow users to post ephemeral tweets that are supposed to automatically disappear after 24 hours.
However, a bug allows people to view and download fleets without notifying the user even after 24 hours. The social media giant has recognized the problem.
“We are aware of a bug accessible through a technical fix where some Fleets media URLs may be accessible after 24 hours. We are working on a solution that should be implemented shortly, ”said a Twitter spokesperson. The Verge.
The solution appears to be a developer app that can pull fleets from public accounts through the Twitter API. Twitter notes that the fix means fleets should now expire properly and that even if someone has a URL for an active fleet, it won’t be visible after expiration point.
The news of this error comes as Twitter has slowed the deployment of fleets to fix performance problems. Once the feature was released, some users said the feature was lagging and freezing for them, while others said it was blocking their apps.
Additionally, some users have questioned whether Twitter has placed enough safeguards within the feature to prevent fleets from being used for harassment.
These concerns arose once it was discovered that users do not receive notifications when someone tags them in a fleet, which means that someone can direct the harassment towards another user without them knowing.
Via: The edge