A concerning issue has arisen on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, where old tweets with images and links no longer load properly. The problem seems to affect posts made before December 2014.
Essential Details About the Twitter History Bug
The glitch first gained widespread attention on August 19th, when Twitter user Tom Coates highlighted that the famous Oscars selfie posted by Ellen DeGeneres in 2014 was missing its photo. The image has since been restored, but many others are still affected.
Embedded media like images and videos still exist on Twitter’s servers but transformed links and previews no longer load. The cutoff coincides with changes Twitter made in 2016 to display link summaries and not count them against the 140-character limit.
Some speculation points to a cost-cutting move under new owner Elon Musk, but the continued hosting of old media makes a technical error more likely. Twitter has not commented publicly on the issue.
Impact on Twitter’s Legacy and Future
The inability to view years of tweeted images and links could erase an essential visual record of history. Mementos like Obama’s 2012 reelection hug photo are symbols of their era.
If not addressed, the bug could further degrade trust in the stability of Twitter’s foundations. Continuity with its past is already stressed due to upheavals since Musk’s takeover.