Twitter Stores the Copies of your Direct Messages you Deleted a year before


Twitter is storing the direct messages you have sent through the platform in its database even after your account has been deactivated or suspended years ago. This bug has been found by the Security Researcher Karan Saini.

Recently, Karan Saini told to TechCrunch about this issue. He told that he found his years back old chats in an Archive from Twitter data upon request from the Twitter itself in the Setting Menu. He regained all his old direct messages he made through Twitter even after more than 2 years of deleting them, not only this his account of which he got the direct messages was deactivated back in March 2016.

But as per the Twitter’s Privacy Policy, the user can claim to restore their account within 30 days after the deactivation of that account. And if he the user didn’t restore his account after 30 days of deactivation, all the data related to that account get permanently deleted. But here in this case, this Privacy Policy of Twitter fails as Saini regained his direct messages even after more than 2 years of deactivation.

Karan Saini said that the messages you delete from your chat only gets deleted from the UI as they remain in the Twitter data even if the person on the other side deleted the same message. So, this issue may be considered as a Privacy issue which Twitter is having right now. However, Saini considered this issue as ‘Functional Bug’ not a  Security Issue. But whatever it is, this is a Privacy Flaw which Twitter should fix it as Twitter is one of the largest Social Media platforms, and having some privacy problem may not emerge well for it.

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Source TechCrunch

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