Twitter has confirmed it has rolled back a change that changed the appearance of deleted tweets embedded on websites outside of Twitter (thanks to @RuinDig on Twitter to point this out). Instead of leaving a blank space in place of the deleted tweets, the site goes back to displaying the original text of the tweet.
“Having considered the feedback we’ve heard, we’re reversing this change for now as we explore various options,” Twitter spokesman Remi Duhé said in an emailed statement to The edge† “We appreciate those who have shared their views – your feedback helps us make Twitter better.”
If you go to a third-party webpage with an embedded tweet (such as this one from The edge), you will see that you can again see the original text, date and name of the user of the tweet. Judging by Twitter’s response, it appears this reversal is only temporary as the company devises an alternative way to display deleted tweets on websites. It’s unclear what “different options” Twitter might try, but hopefully it doesn’t mean completely blocking all information related to the tweet.
Earlier this week, Twitter announced it was working on a much-anticipated “edit” button, raising concerns about whether people could abuse the feature to change the content of a tweet (including the embedded one) after it’s already been posted. shared.