X (formerly known as Twitter) glitch reportedly wipes out old pictures and links on the platform that have been tweeted before December 2014. The famous most retweeted selfie of Ellen from the 2014 Oscars has reportedly had its image restored. And right now, a company account says that the issue in question will soon be resolved.
X Glitch Wipes Old Pictures and Links
X, which as you should know was formerly known as Twitter just until its recent rebranding, is now having a problem displaying old posts that came with images that are attached or any hyperlinks that are converted via the built-in URL shortener of Twitter. It is still unclear as to when the problem began, but it was however highlighted on Saturday afternoon in a post by Tom Coates, as well as a Brazilian vtuber, @DaniloTakagi, who had pointed it out a couple of days prior to that time.
And just as it is, it however appears to affect tweets that were published prior to December 2014, simply judging by posts visible on a personal account. No videos on the platform are however affected (Twitter only just included native image support in 2011 as well as built-in videos back in 2016), but links to YouTube, for instance, are now just text with a t.co URL that as you should have guessed doesn’t work.
The Issue Has Been Fixed According To @Support
The @Support account on Monday afternoon, posted about the very issue, stating that, “We fixed the bug, and the issue will be fully resolved in the coming days.”
On Saturday afternoon, just as Coates has pointed out, the glitch claimed the picture from one of the most famous tweets ever on the platform (back to when they were still called tweets), this very selfie in question which was posted by 2014 Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres flanked by celebs such as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and others, taken during the broadcast of the show.
The selfie quickly became the “most retweeted ever,” with more than 2 million shares on the platform.
I still haven’t seen any public comments from owner Elon Musk or Linda Yaccarino X CEO regarding the issue, but at some point on Saturday night / early Sunday morning, the picture in question in that very post was reportedly restored.
Rumored Reasons for X’s Issues
And despite several speculations that it could be an intentional cost-cutting move by Musk, the fact that the actual media posted has not been deleted on the platform suggests that an error or a bug of some kind was behind it, which as you should know is one of many that have arisen since the takeover and mass layoffs of the previous year.
There is also at least one other old tweeted image on the platform that still worked and that is the one posted to the account of President Barack Obama after winning his 2012 campaign for reelection, thus showing a hug between him and the First Lady. It is still very much unclear as to whether that one had been manually restored, but it was still very much visible on the platform on Saturday afternoon.
Possible Reasons to the Recent Development
The timing for the cutoff in pictures as well as links that are broken seems related to changes Twitter reportedly made back in 2016, thus adding “enhanced URL enrichment” to help show previews for linked websites as well as native attachments that did not count against the 140-character limit of Twitter. And according to developer documentation, the metadata for these very additions in question “began emerging” in December 2014.
Twitter’s Response to the Issue
Twitter which is now known as X did not respond to requests for comment beyond an automated message from its press inbox regarding the issue.
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