Twitter Fleets bug lets you see it even after 24 hours
Although the microblogging website says that the fix means Fleets will expire properly, it will still hold on to them for 30 days if they violate their rules.
Twitter has just rolled out Fleets feature to the rest of the world after testing it in India and select countries for months. While some like it, many call it as just another attempt by the microblogging website to join the short video posting format already given by YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. However, it has already encountered its first bug. As per the bug, Fleets were still visible by some after 24 hours, post which they are supposed to get deleted.
The details of the bug were posted by a Twitter user named @donk_enby in a series of tweets.
full disclosure: scraping fleets from public accounts without triggering the read notification— cathode gay tube (@donk_enby) November 20, 2020
the endpoint is: https://t.co/332FH7TEmN
As mentioned by the user, the bug let anyone access and download Fleets without even letting the user know. The user didn’t even get a notification if the person downloading the Fleet read it or not, as reported by TechCrunch.
It has been mentioned that the bug could be exploited with an app that is designed o interact with Twitter’s back-end systems via its developer API. Using it, a user can get a list of Fleets from the server, with each having its own direct URL. This is all after 24 hours and when these Fleets have disappeared from the Twitter app.
But rest assured, Twitter knows about it and is actively working on fixing this. “We’re aware of a bug accessible through a technical workaround where some Fleets media URLs may be accessible after 24 hours. We are working on a fix that should be rolled out shortly,” said the Twitter Spokesperson to TechCrunch.
Although the microblogging website says that the fix means Fleets will expire properly, it will still hold on to them for 30 days if they violate their rules. The Fleets can still be seen after 24 hours, as peer the report.
So, we’d recommend you to Fleet but at your own risk.