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What caused X to delete images posted before 2014?

Answer: A glitch.

A smartphone showing the X app in the Apple Store. In the background behind the phone is the old Twitter logo in white on a light blue background.
If that funny image you posted on X (formerly Twitter) in the early 2000s randomly disappeared, don’t worry, it’s not you. It seems the platform experienced a glitch that deleted media from posts between 2011 and 2014 over the weekend.

The problem appears to be rooted in images and other media that were posted in tweets via a URL shortener, with the images being replaced with just the shortened URLs. Users first started reporting the issue on Friday, and by Monday morning there were reports that the images were still only showing up some of the time.

X had not commented on the issue as of Monday afternoon.