The programmer and open internet communities have criticized a Twitter modification that removes embedded deleted tweets from the public domain that are viewable on third-party websites.
Twitter’s New Feature Draws Public Backlash
While screenshots of tweets can still be used for reporting, they are less accessible to visually challenged users. When a screenshot is utilized instead of an embed, the possible context of a Tweet is lost, which frequently lends crucial depth to the message.
Automatically deleting Tweets after a set length of time is already common practice, thus Twitter’s shift has already destroyed a slew of articles, obliterating historical context and citations in earlier reports.
Importantly, when employing embeds, the underlying trust between the social media platform and journalists is now shattered. Few journalists would agree to have their work edited by a firm, and Twitter should not make this a prerequisite for utilizing its services.