Twitter regularly enriches its platform with new features. This goes through a test phase with a small panel before deployment in stages. Recently, the Fleets have arrived.
There are many messaging and social media platforms today. They copy each other to capture the widest possible audience. Recently, Twitter launched its Fleets, the equivalent of Stories that can be seen everywhere else. A functionality more or less criticized, a rather mixed reception and unfortunately some bugs here and there. There was one that was particularly unfortunate. Fortunately, the platform just fixed it .
Twitter fixes a big bug in its recent Fleets
Twitter is struggling to deploy its Fleets properly. This is due to a number of bugs discovered by early adopters. The social network confirmed to TechCrunch that it had notably just fixed a bug that allowed Fleets to be seen after their 24-hour expiration period. If you used a certain set of digital keys that allowed access to a Twitter management tool, you could view and download expired Fleets without their creators being notified.
A flaw that allowed to see expired Fleets
The solution now ensures that the Fleets disappear correctly. A Twitter spokesperson said the patch should be “rolled out soon”. Ephemeral posts will always be kept on Twitter’s servers for a maximum period of 30 days, or even longer in the event that they violate the rules of use of the platform.
Fleets was launched as a direct competitor to Stories on services like Instagram and Snapchat . The first deployment took place less than a week ago but in recent days concerns have accumulated for Twitter. In addition to lags and other crashes, users discovered that Fleets did not take into account blocking settings, which immediately opened the door to harassment. Twitter now claims to have corrected the most important issues but it will probably take some time before this new feature is fully operational, without the slightest bug.