X is planning to remove headlines from links to new articles. Elon Musk is currently pushing for the social media platform which he owns to develop a format for news articles where they only get to display a lead image and then the source URL.
X To Remove Headlines from Links
X, the social networking platform that is formerly known as Twitter, is now testing stripping headlines from articles that are shared on the site. The move in question as you should know was initially reported by Fortune, just before X owner Elon Musk then confirmed it directly. Posts on the platform would only include the lead image and then the URL, unless the person or publisher in question that is posting the link gets to add their very own text, per materials the outlet viewed.
The image in question would still get to serve as a direct link to the article, but there is however no word on a timetable to roll it out or confirmation that it will even ship at all. “It’s something Elon wants,” a source close to the matter is quoted as saying, “They were running it by advertisers, who didn’t like it, but it’s happening.”
Musk’s Take on the Reported Change
According to Musk, the change in question “will greatly improve the aesthetics” of the service and platform. Other explanations for the change as per reported by Fortune include slashing the height of individual posts so that the timelines of users get to display more content, and that Musk apparently “believes the change will help curb clickbait.”
X as you should know did not respond to a request for comment immediately beyond an automated response from its press contact address.
X Has Fixed the Bug That Broke Links in Old Tweets
Word spread over the weekend, about a problem that was affecting old tweets, and eventually, we got to narrow it down to anything that was posted before December 2014, either with an image or just a link that had been shortened by Twitter. A post by Tom Coates reportedly alerted many users to the problem and he then noted that a 2014 Ellen DeGeneres selfie from the Oscars that took the crown as “most retweeted ever” was even missing its very image.
And right now the @Support account at X, which is the company that is formerly known as Twitter until Elon Musk rebranded it, has stated that, “Over the weekend we had a bug that prevented us from displaying images from before 2014. No images or data were lost. We fixed the bug, and the issue will be fully resolved in the coming days.”
The Cause of the Problem
There are however no details that were mentioned in the post regarding what the bug was, when the issue began, or why it will even take an unspecified amount of time to solve. In looking up the problem, we got to learn that changes by Twitter in 2016 made use of metadata on tweets that were posted from December 2014 going forward to fill in additional data that are from linked webpages and enabled attachments that didn’t eat up the character count of a tweet, and it was only just earlier posts that were hit by the reported bug.
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