Facebook has recovered status updates deleted from users' timelines, originating from Twitter, and it is said that a Twitter request was responsible for the disappearance.
Facebook users have long launched their Facebook and Twitter account so their tweets are automatically posted on their Facebook timelines. But in the past week, Facebook users who relied on this connection found that their tweets have disappeared from Facebook.
The delay of Facebook tweets, first reported by TechCrunch, was thought to be linked to the latest API restrictions imposed by the social media giant on third party developers to prevent users' privacy issues. The constraints were put in place after a scandal where Facebook data of as many as 87 million peoplea digital consultant tied to the Trump Presidential Campaign. The scandal raised questions about Facebook's handling of user data and if the company does enough to protect it.
But this episode turned out to be rooted in Twitter, not on Facebook's breakdown of APIs.
"The Twitter administrator requested that their app be deleted, resulting in content that people had sent from Twitter to Facebook, and also temporarily removed from people's profiles," said a Facebook spokesman. "However, we have since restored the last content, and it is now alive on people's profiles."
Facebook users learned earlier this month that automatic crossing should no longer occur due to the new constraints, but the tweets disappear came as a shock to many.
As TechCrunch pointed out, only a fraction of Facebook's billions of users seem to be affected by the move, as the feature was mainly used by users who wanted to post messages to more social networks without having to maintain Facebook actively. account.
Originally published August 28, at 7:05 PM p.m.
Updated at 10:40 p.m. PT with details about the deletion request.
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