As The Verge reports, since at least late March, the social media network has started showing an empty box on external sites when an embedded tweet has been removed.
It’s a big change to how Twitter handles deleted-as-yet-embedded tweets, when it will preserve the original unformatted text.
With this recent change, that text has now disappeared, leaving a hole inside any story.
According to Twitter’s senior product manager Eleanor Harding, the change was made “for the better respect when people have chosen to delete their tweets”.
But it also affects any tweets that have been removed for other reasons, such as when the account that posted them has been suspended.
News of Twitter’s change to embedded Deleted Tweets comes just hours after the company officially announced that it was working on an edit button for the service, allowing users to post the content of Tweets after they’ve been posted. can change.
The feature has prompted concerns that users will be able to edit statements that are an important matter of public record.