Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A bug in X (Twitter) prevents the display of images of tweets published before 2014

X, formerly known as Twitter, seems to have experienced yet another glitch since Elon Musk acquired the platform in October 2022. Over the weekend, many users have realized that tweets posted before 2014 don’t show attached images or videosthus losing multimedia content of practically historical publications.

Many users, like Tom Coates, who has shared what happened on his X profile (Twitter), they thought it was about a new strategy of Elon Musk to save costs. Coates himself, in fact, described this decision as “hooliganism” by the magnate. He claimed the executive had removed “nearly a decade of images and video from the early 2000s” from the service.

These deleted photos from X (Twitter) include one of the most famous and retweeted selfies in history, that of Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars. Users also noticed that many of her images, videos, or links to YouTube of those posts shared before 2014, had also disappeared. Of the tweet, only the text remained and a t.co URL link that did not lead to any site.

Absurd decision of Elon Musk or failure of X (Twitter)?

Taking into account the absurd decisions that Elon Musk has made since he owned X (Twitter), it would not be strange if removing those images and videos from tweets published before 2014 was one of the tycoon’s multiple strategies in order to save costs due to the low income of the platform.

Fortunately, It’s not an intentional change, it seems to be a bug in X (Twitter). Many users noticed that some images, such as Ellen DeGeneres’s Oscar selfie, were still available on the platform’s servers. All this, despite the fact that the publication did not show the content.

Several of the most popular posts from that time, moreover, already seem to work correctly, despite the fact that many others have not yet been restored. At the moment, neither Elon nor Linda Yaccarino, CEO of X (Twitter), have commented on the matter. But it is likely that the media files will be restored over the next few days.

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