Twitter: a bug allows you to see Fleets stories even after they disappear

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A few days after its deployment, Twitter's Fleets feature is subject to a bug allowing users' stories to be viewed and downloaded, even after they have disappeared.

Les stories Fleets de Twitter // Source : Twitter



Deploying a new feature on an international scale also means taking the risk of being confronted with certain launch bugs. This is exactly what Twitter experienced with Fleets, its ephemeral photos, messages or videos which disappear from the social network after 24 hours. A function greatly inspired by Snapchat and Instagram Stories.

By using an application designed to interact with the platform's servers, and relying on a bug nested in the feature's API, a person was thus able to consult and download Fleets even after they had disappeared from the network. Without the user at the origin of the story being notified of a "view by". A small peak, in short.

A fix coming soon

“We are working on a patch that we will deploy shortly,” Twitter also told The Verge, which reminds us that Fleets are kept on the social network's servers for thirty days, or even longer if some of them violate the rules. terms of service.



At the start of 2021, another novelty should point the tip of its nose: automatic subtitling for videos and sounds. A way to make the platform more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities in particular.


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