Twitter is reverting changes that left spaces instead of deleted embedded tweets

Twitter has confirmed that it has rolled back a change that altered the appearance of deleted tweets embedded on sites outside of Twitter (thanks to @RuinDig on Twitter for the hint). Instead of leaving a blank space in place of the deleted tweets, the site reverts to displaying the tweet’s original text.

“After reviewing the feedback we’ve received, we are reverting this change for the time being while we evaluate various options,” Twitter spokesman Remi Duhé said in a statement emailed to The edge. “We appreciate those who shared their viewpoints – your feedback helps us make Twitter better.”

If you go to a third-party website with an embedded tweet (like this one from The edge), you will see that you can see again the original text of the tweet, the date and the name of the user who posted it. Judging by Twitter’s reaction, it looks like this reversal is only temporary while the company finds an alternative way to display deleted tweets on websites. It’s unclear what kind of “different options” Twitter might try, but hopefully it won’t be about completely blocking all information associated with the tweet.

How deleted embedded tweets appeared in articles after Twitter’s silent change.
Screenshot: The edge

On Wednesday, Kevin Marks pointed this out that Twitter quietly started using Javascript – possibly already at the end of March — to block deleted tweets (pictured above) embedded on other websites. This includes tweets from accounts that have been banned or banned from Twitter, making it impossible to see embedded tweets from people like Donald Trump who Twitter was banned last year. This had a pretty big impact on messages that contained deleted tweets or tweets from banned users, which are usually important for context.

earlier this week, Twitter announced that it is working on a long-awaited “edit” buttonraising concerns that people could abuse the feature to change the content of a tweet (including embedded ones) after it’s already shared. Twitter is reverting changes that left spaces instead of deleted embedded tweets

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