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Twitter's Latest Update Blanks Out Deleted Embedded Tweets, Here's Why That's a Problem

A lot of websites tend to embed tweets in their timelines because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing users to check these tweets out as part of a wider story without having to navigate away from the main site. The great thing about embedded tweets was that their contents were still visible even after the tweet got deleted, but this is something that might start to change pretty soon.

With new CEO Parag Agrawal making several changes to the platform after obtaining his position, Twitter has been altering various aspects of its main site in an attempt to streamline it. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the most recent update that Twitter has rolled out will now result in embedded tweets looking like a blank rectangles with light grey lines where the text used to be as well as the Twitter logo.

This is obviously a far cry from what was the case previously, since embedded tweets that got deleted still showed the text of the tweet with only the formatting getting removed. This change is likely not going to go over well with a lot of site owners since it would create gaps in their otherwise seamless content with all things having been considered and taken into account.

In spite of the fact that this is the case, Twitter seems to be saying that this is in line with what they are planning for their platform. Embedded tweets used to be a very important part of maintaining accountability for the things people said, especially public figures and world leaders, and the fact that they will no longer be visible even in their embedded form might be damaging for that reason. Some are suggesting that Elon Musk’s recent appointment to Twitter’s board of directors might have something to do with this due to his obsession with being able to do things without having to be held accountable for them, although there is no proof that this is the case.


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