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Twitter Backtracks on Recent Update to Tweet Embeds



Twitter's Changed the Way Tweet Embeds Look When the Source Tweet Has Been Removed

This is good news for web developers and content managers who were about to be tasked with checking through every tweet embed ever on their platform (did I mention that I’ve personally written over 7000 articles on this site?).

After Twitter recently updated its embedding process for deleted tweets, which essentially left a blank placeholder in their stead, it’s now reversed course on the change as it seeks a more viable alternative.

Helpfully, Elon Musk deleted a few of his recent tweets to illustrate the change in effect:

As you can see here, despite Musk deleting the second tweet embed above, you still have the context of what was shared, in text form, which at least provides a level of insight from the original post.

Last week, Twitter updated the process, replacing all deleted tweet embeds with this message.

Twitter embeds update

In some ways, Twitter probably should remove the original tweet, as per the desire of the user that chose to delete it, but as noted, that then leaves digital potholes on your work, which can extract required context.

Twitter did say at the time of the update that it hadn’t yet finalized its approach, and it’s now taking a step back to reassess.

As Twitter explained to The Verge:

“After considering the feedback we heard, we’re rolling back this change for now while we explore different approach. We appreciate those who shared their points of view – your feedback helps us make Twitter better.”

So, web devs and content folk, now you have your Easter weekend back, and hopefully, Twitter’s eventual solution provides a better way to facilitate context while respecting the users’ activity – without forcing us all to screenshot tweets instead (which, it’s worth noting, also robs Twitter of valuable referral links).

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Pig butchering and the other peculiar cyber-scams on the rise



Pig butchering and the other peculiar cyber-scams on the rise

Pointing to a computer screen. Image by Tim Sandle.

The countdown to holiday period shopping is on. While sales are up, so are risks. Barclay’s estimate a 70 percent increase in scams the last year. Hence, consumers need to be even more vigilant with the deals they’re seeking out and the websites they are purchasing from.

To help Digital Journal  readers be more mindful as to the key risk factors, James Walker, CEO at Rightly, explains the main issues. This includes an uptick in recent ‘brushing scams’ and fake reviews, as well as further details around other types of scams to watch out for.

Walker sees this period of time as providing ample situations for “Fraudsters to take advantage of innocent consumers. There are multiple tactics scammers use to convince people to part with their money, particularly in the run-up to a day which promises huge savings. One scam in particular we’ve been seeing an increase in is the so-called brushing scam in the lead up to the festive season, which involves unsuspecting people receiving unsolicited deliveries.”

Expanding on the strange deliveries, Walker says: “If you receive an unexpected package, it may be a scam that online sellers use to falsely inflate ratings and post fake reviews, and may mean your personal data has been compromised. If you have received an unexpected package from a company such as Amazon and suspect it to be a brushing scam, contact customer support directly. They can tell you whether your real account has been compromised and will cancel the fake account. The same goes for other marketplaces like eBay.”

Expanding on this tactic, Walker explains: “Unfortunately, such scams have also led to significant increase in fake reviews on Amazon, with an estimated 61 percent of all reviews classified as fake as fraudulent sellers try to manipulate buyers into making a purchase. Always be cautious when buying online and do as much background research as possible on a company or product before buying anything.”

Among the most prevalent scams, Walker cites:

Social media scams

This is where scammers take over your social profile, gaining access to influence your friends and family. But this is only the start of taking over someone’s life, this can lead to the opening of bank accounts and creating fake identities in your name.

Burner businesses

This is when scammers buy a company for a reasonable amount and appear to trade, genuinely selling goods and services. They build up lots of sales, and then when the time is right, they move the money out and close down the business, leaving people out of pocket and either with fake goods or none at all.

Tickets to events

With the football World Cup taking place, it’s not too surprising to see that ticket scams are on the rise. Ticket selling scams happen when a scammer uses tickets as bait to steal your money. The scammer usually sells fake tickets, or you pay for a ticket, but never receive it. They are common when tickets for popular concerts, plays, and sporting events sell out. Additionally, scam artists purporting to represent musicians or bands have invited promoters to send offers for non-existent tour dates in a phishing email.

Pig butchering

It sounds unpleasant, but so called ‘pig-butchering’ scams are on the rise. These scams happen when someone seemingly friendly and open befriends you online and over time, through a series of conversations, persuades you to part with money. It’s often a little at first, suggesting you put some cash into a ‘too-good-to-be-true’ investment. Only, of course, the investment is a scam and fraudulent.

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