Facebook users complain that the company has removed their published tweets in their profiles as Facebook updates. The removal of posts was after the recent API change that prevented Twitter users from automatically posting their tweets on Facebook. According to the parties concerned, both the Facebook posts themselves and the conversation about the posts that took place directly on Facebook are now over. Facebook receives an indication that the problem is known and investigated.
TechCrunch was alerted to the problem by a reader Lawrence Miller who could not find any information about this issue. We have since confirmed the problem to several parties and confirmed it with Facebook.
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In fact, we have so far only found a handful of public complaints about the deletions.
Above: selected complaints from Twitter about data loss
Above: A TechCrunch comment on our contribution to API changes
Some of those affected were very light Facebook users and had relied heavily on cross-posting to keep their Facebook accounts active. As a result of the mass withdrawals, their Facebook profiles are now pretty empty.
TechCrunch editor Matthew Panzarino is one of those involved. He points out that the ability to share tweets with Facebook is a useful way to reach people who were not on Twitter to continue a discussion with a different audience.
"I've enabled tweet-cross postings for years, even from the early days of it, which has quietly removed thousands of posts from my Facebook without warning," Matthew said. "Although the posts are not from Facebook, I often talked about the posts as soon as my Facebook friends (and their audience) saw them, and many of them would never see them on Twitter, either because they did not follow me or them do not use it, "he said.
"It's wild that all this context just disappears," he added] As you may know, Facebook has made a change to its API platform earlier this month to help prevent third-party apps as a logged-in user Post posts on Facebook. The change was part of Facebook's major overhaul and shutdown of its API platform in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which 87 million Facebook users unlawfully harvested and shared their data.
Since then, Facebook has tried to plug the holes in its platform to prevent further data misuse. One of the changes was to prevent third parties from posting as a registered user on Facebook.
For existing apps like Twitter, this permission was revoked on August 1, 2018.
Above: Twitter cross-posting feature, on the day of deactivation by the Facebook API change
Prior to the modification of the API, Twitter users were able to select the "Apps" section of Twitter Visit The Internet then authenticate to Facebook so your tweets are posted on Facebook's social network. Once activated, the tweets on the user page appeared as a Facebook post they posted, and their friends could then read and comment on the post just like anyone else.
Theoretically, the API changes should only prevent Twitter users from continuing to automatically submit their tweets to Facebook. It should also not have deleted the existing posts of Facebook user profiles and Facebook pages of business users.
This is a breach of trust by a company that is just trying to repair a broken trust to its users in a number of areas, including data misuse. No matter what new app policies apply and how to post on Facebook, no one would have expected Facebook to remove its old posts without warning.
We hope the problem is Facebook (19659002) Facebook tells us that while it has no further information about the problem at this time, it should talk more about what is being done tonight or tomorrow.