Twitter rolls back change and restores text of deleted embedded tweets TechCrunch

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Twitter has quietly reversed a controversial decision the company made last week by restoring the text of since-deleted tweets embedded on external websites. The change was first noticed by Twitter user @RuinDig

IndieWeb developer Kevin Marks initially drew attention to the change in a blog post, criticizing Twitter for “tampering with the public record” by intentionally hiding the text of embedded deleted tweets using JavaScript. Previously, deleted embedded tweets would still display their text content and that behavior has now been restored.

Back then, Twitter Senior Product Manager Eleanor Harding explained that Twitter tried to better respect its users’ wishes by hiding deleted tweets archived on the web. But the company was criticized by open web advocates and developers who believed Twitter went too far by modifying embedded deleted tweets to hide their text.

“After considering the feedback we’ve heard, we’re rolling back this change for now as we explore various options,” a Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch, confirming the change. “We appreciate those who have shared their views – your feedback helps us make Twitter better.”


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