Twitter asked to hide the tweets embedded in the website after the original was deleted

Twitter has changed the way it allegedly renders embedded tweets, causing some tweets to disappear from external websites. Although Twitter previously displayed tweets embedded in websites after deleting them, the company seems to have changed the way these tweets are displayed, with the author hiding them after deleting them. Instead of displaying the content of an embedded tweet after deletion, Twitter now displays an empty box on external websites – recently confirmed as a deliberate change by a Twitter worker.

The switch was first seen and shared by user Kevin Marks on Twitter to hide tweets embedded on external websites after the microblogging service was removed. Due to this change, deleted tweets embedded in blogs, news websites and elsewhere on the Internet will now appear as an empty box. Before you can change how Twitter embedded tweets work, text from deleted tweets will still be displayed on external websites.

While the company’s decision to obscure deleted embedded tweets may be taken with privacy in mind, it does affect websites that may have deleted embedded tweets later. These include tweets from government officials, or tipstars and other notable personalities that are regularly quoted using embedded tweets. The decision to hide deleted tweets from embedded sites could potentially disrupt the countless stories on the Internet that have served as a record of government officials’ statements quoted through embedded tweets.

Marx noted that when embedded tweets were originally designed, engineer Ben Ward revealed that the embed code was designed as a blockcote with the content of the tweets. “If it is deleted, or 1000 years into the future, the text remains,” Ward said Tweet In 2011.

According to Marx, Twitter seems to be blurring embedded tweets that have been deleted by changing its embedded JavaScript, and users can view text from those tweets by disabling JavaScript in the browser. Marx’s tweet was also found A response Eleanor Harding, Twitter product manager, confirmed that the change was intentional and that the company was doing it “to better respect people when they decide to delete their tweets.”

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David Dalim

As a technology writer with Gadgets 360, David Delima loves to read and write about open-source technology, cyber security, interest in consumer privacy, and how the Internet works. David can be contacted via email at [email protected], as well as Twitter at @DxDavey. More

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