X Claims That Photos Older Than 2014 Haven't Been Lost, Problematic Bug Resolved

During a regular weekend on the internet, nostalgia-seekers expecting to view some classic memories were met with blank spaces

by Faruk Imamovic
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X Claims That Photos Older Than 2014 Haven't Been Lost, Problematic Bug Resolved

During a regular weekend on the internet, nostalgia-seekers expecting to view some classic memories were met with blank spaces. Fans and users of the now-renamed platform, X, formerly known as Twitter, were in for a shock. A multitude of older photos had seemingly vanished into thin air.

A Bug in the System

The anomaly first gained traction on Saturday when users noted that older posts, specifically those containing photos published before 2014, turned inactive. To the dismay of many, these weren't just any photos – some iconic ones were caught in the snare.

The most notable of these was Ellen DeGeneres’ legendary selfie from the Oscars of 2014. The incident received considerable attention when media outlet The Verge pointed out its absence. However, there's good news on the horizon.

X has acknowledged the issue, attributing the sudden disappearance to a system glitch. "Over the weekend we had a bug that prevented us from displaying images from before 2014. No images or data were lost. We fixed the bug, and the issue will be fully resolved in the coming days," said the official statement from X.

The Underlying Cause

While X has been quick to address and resolve the issue, many were left curious about the root of the problem.

The platform's statement left some key questions unanswered: what was the nature of the bug, when did it first creep in, and why would the resolution require an ambiguous timeframe? In our quest for answers, we found that a significant change was made by Twitter back in 2016.

This change allowed tweets from December 2014 onwards to utilize metadata to fill in supplementary information from linked websites and permit attachments without consuming the tweet's character count. The bug seems to have targeted only the posts before this adjustment.

Though the platform has assured that the problem is on its way to being rectified, users will have to wait with bated breath to see their cherished memories resurface. In the era of digital memories, this incident serves as a poignant reminder: even in the vast expanse of the web, memories can momentarily fade, only to return with renewed vigor.

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