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Twitter changes how deleted Tweets appear on external websites

The change not only affects manually deleted Tweets but also Tweets from accounts that have been suspended

News about Elon Musk purchasing a majority stake in Twitter seems to have overshadowed a monumental change in how the platform handles embedded Tweets. Embedded Tweets that have since been deleted, to be specific.

First reported on by TheVergeTweets embedded in stories externally that have been deleted used to show up as unformatted text, in contrast to now, when they appear as a blank box, leaving a vast gap in older stories from publications.

According to Twitter senior product manager Eleanor Harding, the change is primarily due to Twitter trying to “better respect when people have chosen to delete their Tweets.”

While that sure does make sense, it erases documentation of history, especially when the deleted Tweet belongs to a public figure. The change not only affects manually deleted Tweets but also accounts that have been suspended. For example, former U.S. President Donald Trump’s embedded Tweets are now just a blank void in older stories.

While deleted Tweets show up as a blank white box for TheVerge, old MobileSyrup stories with deleted Tweets show up with just the link to the Tweet. No blank box, no unformatted text. Just the link to the Tweet, visiting which shows that the Tweet has been deleted. Check the screenshots below for reference:

Harding also mentioned in her statement that blank embedded Tweets will have “better messaging that explains why the content is no longer available.”

In other Twitter-related news, the platform is finally adding an edit button after multi-year deliberation.

Via: TheVerge

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