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Messages once deleted are not done forever, at least in case of Twitter

It is possible to restore old messages even years after you have deleted them.

Security researcher Karan Saini has shown major concern over the fact, that Twitter has been retaining old messages that have been shared on its platform once even after those messages were deleted, including those accounts that were suspended or deactivated.

Moreover, this is not for the first time such a report has been claimed by him. Earlier also, he made a revelation about an undisclosed bug that permitted him to use a since- deplored API (application programming interface) for retrieving age-old messages, once deleted by the users.

According to Twitter’s privacy policy, it is possible to retrieve the account within 30 days after deactivation, in case the user has changed the mind or has deleted the account by mistake. Twitter is supposed to delete all the data associated with that account along with all the direct messages that were posted.

But the reality is somewhat different. Twitter is not working as per their privacy policy. The blogging site which is followed by millions of users is doing security breaches and the users are unaware of the fact.

The question of user’s privacy arises. Are these social media sites really trustworthy? Users need to be more conscious of the contents that are being published by them. Twitter-like platforms are created for users to share their thoughts and ideas. And if the same user decides to delete their messages or thoughts, then it is their right to do so. Keeping a record of those messages without the knowledge of the user is a major security flaw but such flaws can be exploiting users, especially who are working as a journalist or other an activist.

Twitter is currently looking into the matter and trying to sort out the issue. But, users have to be more conscious not only about Twitter but also about other such sites where they publish their contents which might go against them in the future.

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