Fleets reportedly still visible on Twitter after 24 hours thanks to a bug

 theverge.com  11/22/2020 14:39:02   Kim Lyons
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitters new ephemeral tweets, known as fleets, are supposed to last for only 24 hours. But a new bug was causing fleets to not totally disappear, remaining accessible well past their expiration dates. First reported by TechCrunch, the bug allows fleets to be viewed and downloaded by other users, but without notifying the fleets author.

Twitter didnt immediately reply to a request for comment from The Verge on Sunday, but told TechCrunch it was aware of the bug, accessible via a technical workaround which meant a fleets URL could be accessed after 24 hours had passed. We are working on a fix that should be rolled out shortly, a spokesperson said.

The workaround referenced appears to be a developer app that could scrape fleets from public accounts via Twitters API. The workaround didnt appear to be working Sunday morning so its possible Twitter has already implemented a fix.

Twitter is a bit late to the disappearing content party fleets are essentially its version of Instagram or Snapchat stories, They allow mobile Twitter users to briefly share text, videos, images, or other tweets. Theyre not meant to be retweetable and you cant directly like a fleet, but you can reply to one by tapping on it, which sends a direct message to the fleets creator.

With most fleets users can see who has viewed it, but theres currently no way to know whether someone has taken a screenshot of your fleet, which of course would allow it to live on past the 24 hour expiration.

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