People across the globe have complained of their likes and retweet count fluctuating on Twitter. A technical glitch on the site saw many people experiencing issues with likes and retweets on their tweets.
Twitter confirmed the issue, and said that it is working on fixing the problem. The micro-blogging site also made an apology for causing unintended inconvenience.
However, the frequent and arbitrary fluctuations triggered speculations about whether it was Twitter’s attempt to crackdown on fake accounts on its platform, or if it was just an attempt to censor the content being posted.
In its official statement, the micro-blogging site said it is working to resolve the problem that has been causing the ‘Like’ and ‘Retweet’ counts on its platform to fluctuate continuously.
Twitter Support tweeted, “Some people around the world are experiencing an issue with notifications, Likes, and Retweets. We’re working on resolving this and will follow up soon. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Some people around the world are experiencing an issue with notifications, Likes, and Retweets. We’re working on resolving this and will follow up soon. We apologize for the inconvenience.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) February 12, 2019
However, the company neither revealed the cause of the problem, nor specified by when the bug would be fixed.
Indian users were among the ones affected by the bug.
Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global Vice President Manu Jain tweeted his concern, “Everything OK with @Twitter? It keeps deleting RTs & likes. Observed huge fluctuation in retweets.”
Everything OK with @Twitter? It keeps deleting RTs & likes.
Observed huge fluctuation in RTs. E.g, my tweet announcing “No. 1 brand” reached 600+ RTs, then dropped to 165 & then to 16 within secs. Then it increased to 111 & now 215. All of this over last 1-2 hours. #strange https://t.co/bmpRLXy5aj
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) February 12, 2019
The bug also resulted in confusion among the users, who couldn’t help but wonder if accounts were being suspended in mass or if Twitter was deleting them.
Twitter has a global user-base of nearly 236 million active monthly users and it is not clear how many users actually did get affected by the problem.
Earlier this month, a Twitter bug had led Android users into believing they were viewing posts from random strangers, when actually it was Twitter that was mislabeling usernames on retweets.