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


This is definitely worth checking if you use tweet embeds on your site.

As part of a recent update, Twitter has altered the way that deleted tweets appear when embedded on third party sites, with removed content now showing up like this on your pages:

Previously, deleted tweet content would show up like this, with the text still visible, but the tweet formatting removed.

Tweet embed update

Tech advisor Kevin Marks noted the change, and has explained in detail how the back-end of tweet code is now being edited to show blank tweets in replacement of deleted comments.

As explained by Marks:

Until recently, if the tweet or account had been deleted, then Twitter would leave the blockquote alone, so the embedded text would still show, but without Twitter’s validation. [Now, deleted embeds don’t] show as a blockquote fallback, but as an empty white blob.”

Essentially, you used to be able to get the context of the embedded tweet, even if it had been removed, but now, you get nothing, just gaps like this within your posts.

Tweet embed update

Which could significantly lessen the impact of your content, as without those quote tweets, it may be difficult for readers to follow along, and with no way to glean any insight as to what the tweet even was, that could be problematic.

Twitter’s Eleanor Harding explained the change, noting that Twitter’s looking to ‘better respect when people have chosen to delete their Tweets’.

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“Very soon it’ll have better messaging that explains why the content is no longer available.”

So Twitter’s not done updating the format yet, and other improvements could be in the works which could make it a more palatable change. But still, it could be an issue for many sites and blogs across the web.

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It’s not the first time Twitter has messed with its embeds, causing headaches for web designers everywhere. Back in 2020, Twitter updated the look of tweet embeds, which re-aligned some pages, while last year, it retired its Likes, Collections and Moments embeddable timelines due to lack of usage.

Of course, Twitter also needs to move with the times, and make changes as it deems relevant – so there will always be a level of change required for such elements. But still, updates like this can complicate matters, both from a general formatting and factual reporting standpoint, which may have flow-on effects.

The bottom line is that you might want to check your embeds, and you might also want to consider using screenshots for tweets in future, to safeguard from similar changes.

Ideally, you want to link back to the actual source tweet, as that’s the actual message that was shared, which reiterates the factual nature of the content. But if you have to screenshot and link, that could be a way around such in future, which also protects against any other tweaks.





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Murdered rapper’s song pulled from YouTube in India

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Sidhu Moose Wala's murder sparked anger and outrage from fans from across the world

Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder sparked anger and outrage from fans from across the world – Copyright AFP Narinder NANU

YouTube has removed a viral music video in India released posthumously by murdered Sikh rapper Sidhu Moose Wala following a complaint by the government.

The song “SYL” talks about the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal which has been at the centre of a long-running water dispute between the late Sikh rapper’s home state of Punjab and neighbouring Haryana.

The track, released posthumously on Thursday, also touches on other sensitive topics such as deadly riots targeting the Sikh community that broke out in India in 1984 and the storming of an important Sikh temple in Amritsar by the army the same year.

It had garnered nearly 30 million views and 3.3 million likes on the singer’s YouTube page before it was pulled down over the weekend.

“This content is not available on this country domain due to a legal complaint from the government,” said a message posted on the song link.

The song is still available in other countries.

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In an email to AFP, a YouTube spokesperson said it had only removed the song in “keeping with local laws and our Terms of Service after a thorough review”.

The government did not immediately respond to enquiries.

Moose Wala’s family termed the removal of the song “unjust” and appealed to the government to take back the complaint, local media reports said.

“They can ban the song but they cannot take Sidhu out of the hearts of the people. We will discuss legal options with lawyers,” uncle Chamkaur Singh was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times daily.

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Moose Wala — also known by his birth name Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu — was shot dead in his car in the northern state of Punjab last month.

The 28-year-old was a popular musician both in India and among Punjabi communities abroad, especially in Canada and Britain.

His death sparked anger and outrage from fans from across the world.

Last week, Indian police arrested three men accused of murdering Moose Wala and seized a cache of weaponry including a grenade launcher.

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The men had allegedly acted at the behest of Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar and his accomplice Lawrence Bishnoi who is currently in jail in India.

Moose Wala rose to fame with catchy songs that attacked rival rappers and politicians, portraying himself as a man who fought for his community’s pride, delivered justice and gunned down enemies.

He was criticised for promoting gun culture through his music videos, in which he regularly posed with firearms.

His murder also put the spotlight on organised crime in Punjab, a major transit route for drugs entering India from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Many observers link the narcotics trade — mostly heroin and opium — to an uptick in gang-related violence and the use of illegal arms in the state.

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