Twitter X, led by Elon Musk has now acknowledged a major glitch that caused images and other media links prior to 2014 to disappear. The company has noted that the bug has been fixed and the issue should be fully resolved in the next few days. Interestingly, X is recently facing a lot of bugs, and users are not very happy with it.
X Support wrote today, “Over the weekend we had a bug that prevented us from displaying images from before 2014. No images or data were lost. We fixed the bug, and the issue will be fully resolved in the coming days."
There are no details mentioned in the post about what the bug was when it started happening, or why it will take an unspecified amount of time to resolve. Most probably, the changes by Twitter in 2016 used metadata on tweets posted from December 2014 going forward to fill in additional data from linked webpages and allow attachments that didn’t eat up the tweet’s character count, and it was only earlier posts that were hit by the bug.
Some have even speculated that it was an error caused by trying to move the company’s domains from Twitter.com to X.com.
The glitch on X also affected one of the most famous tweets on the social media platform by 2014 Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres. Taken after the Oscars, the famous tweet included a selfie featuring celebrities like Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and Meryl Streep among others. The comedian posted the 2014 selfies with the caption, “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever.”
One of the posts that wasn’t affected by the glitch was Barack Obama’s famous tweet after the 2012 election win. The post by Obama included an image featuring him and his wife Michelle along with the caption, “Four more years.”