X (Twitter) removes any images posted on its platform prior to 2014


 Users were shocked by X, formerly known as Twitter, when it made a decision. In fact, some of the first tweets were simply removed from the website.

Most likely, X simply cleared his platform. Over the weekend, old postings with photos or hyperlinks—particularly those that Twitter's built-in URL shortener converted—were removed. Tom Coates and Brazilian vlogger @DaniloTakagi raised attention to the problem by bringing up issues over the preservation of digital assets.

The decision appears to affect nearly all tweets containing media from before December 2014. It appears that only images and links are affected, while videos remain untouched. Links to external websites, including popular platforms like YouTube, are now shortened to non-working t.co URLs.


One moving illustration is Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie from the 2014 Oscars, which included stars including Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. With an astounding 2 million shares, the message was the "most retweeted of all time" and received a ton of attention. Fortunately, the image was preserved on X's servers even though the issue caused it to briefly disappear.

Although Elon Musk initially believed this to be a novel money-saving strategy, the fact that the underlying media material is still present implies this was probably an accident rather than a conscious choice.

Additionally, it's interesting to see that none of the historical photos or links have been altered. An photograph tweeted by President Barack Obama's account following his 2012 reelection campaign is still available.

Despite widespread user concern, X has not yet released an official statement about this issue. The one thing that is certain is that it raises issues with digital preservation and technological vulnerabilities that even major corporations may encounter.