Twitter Fleets didn’t expire after 24 hours

Twitter is already having problems with its fleets feature. Twitter rolled out its new Fleets feature; it is similar to the Instagram story feature and is supposed to disappear after 24 hours. 

“Fleets give you the power to use and interact with Twitter in a whole new way, right in the moment. Fleets allow you to share fleeting or transitory thoughts, and after 24 hours, they’ll disappear from view,” Twitter said on their blog. “Share personal in-the-moment thoughts with your followers free of public reactions. Fleet authors can see who views their Fleets, including accounts with protected Tweets, by clicking into their Fleets and tapping on the Seen By text at the bottom.”

But a bug is causing fleets not totally to disappear, remaining accessible well past their expiration dates. TechCrunch first reported it, the bug allows fleets to be viewed and downloaded by other users, but without notifying the fleet’s author.

In a statement to the Verge, the company said that it was addressing the issue. “We’re aware of a bug accessible through a technical workaround where some Fleets media URLs may be accessible after 24 hours,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge via email. “We are working on a fix that should be rolled out shortly.”

While the feature is already getting mixed reviews on Twitter, a bug like this is definitely not helping Twitter. It is also going to affect the users’ confidence in Twitter’s new experimental features. 

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