Twitter rolls back change, restoring text to deleted embedded tweets – TechCrunch

Twitter has quietly reversed a controversial move the company implemented last week, restoring the text of deleted tweets since embedded on external websites. The change was first spotted 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 obscuring the text of deleted tweets embedded with JavaScript. Previously, deleted embedded tweets still displayed their textual content and this behavior is now restored.

At the time, Twitter’s senior product manager, Eleanor Harding Explain that by hiding archived deleted tweets from the web, Twitter was trying to better respect the wishes of its users. But the company was largely pushed back by open web advocates and developers who thought Twitter had gone too far by editing embedded deleted tweets to hide their text.

“After reviewing the feedback we’ve heard, we’re reverting this change at this time while we explore various options,” a Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch, confirming the change. “We appreciate those who have shared their views – your feedback helps us improve Twitter.”

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