Facebook removes status updates cross-posted from Twitter

For ages, you could hook up your Facebook account to Twitter, allowing you to automatically post tweets as a status update.

That feature stopped working earlier this month when Facebook made changes to its API, and as reported by TechCrunch, Facebook status updates that were cross posted from Twitter mysteriously vanished around Tuesday.

A Facebook spokesperson explained to Mashable that the deletion resulted from a Twitter administrator’s request for the app to be deleted, but it’s now been fixed.

“[It] resulted in content that people had cross-posted from Twitter to Facebook also being temporarily removed from people’s profiles. However, we have since restored the past content and it’s now live on people’s profiles,” the statement reads.

Given that Facebook stores so much of our online conversations these days, the sudden deletions prompted complaints from users.

Over the past year, Facebook has tightened up its developer policies following the well-publicized Cambridge Analytica scandal, where the personal data of approximately 87 million users were improperly used.

Facebook announced in April that it would stop allowing third parties to directly publish posts to the platform by Aug. 1, affecting roughly 60,000 apps.

Mashable

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