Twitter is experiencing a bizarre bug that is reportedly causing deleted tweets to reappear. So far we’ve seen tweets from November 2022 and earlier reappearing. Apart from the fact that this bug can land Twitter into a deep ditch of non-compliance with data privacy and security regulations like GDPR, it is making a joke out of the social networking site used by 450 million people across the globe.
Let’s see what open-source developer and security expert Richard Morrell had to say about the issue. “Last November, I deleted all my Tweets. Every single one. I then ran Redact and deleted all my likes, my media, and retweets. 38k tweets gone. … Woke up today to find 34k of them restored by Twitter, who presumably brought a server farm back up.” said Morrell through his Mastodon handle.
When asked about the problem, a former site reliability engineer at Twitter said, “sounds a lot like they moved a bunch of servers between data centers and didn’t properly adjust the topology before reinserting them into the network.”
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Notably, one of Elon Musk’s many radical moves after acquiring Twitter was disbanding the press team and replacing it with a bot. When Twitter’s press bot was asked about the issue of deleted messages reappearing, it replied with a habitual poop emoji