With several Twitter users complaining that their Like and Retweet counts are continuously fluctuating, the micro-blogging site Twitter said on Wednesday it was working towards fixing the problem being experienced all over the world.
“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 apologise for the inconvenience,” Twitter Support tweeted.
The company did not say what caused the problem and when would it be rectified.
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
Several users wondered if accounts were being suspended en masse or Twitter was deleting them, TechCrunch reported.
Since Tuesday afternoon, a lot of Twitter users in India have also been posting that their Like and Retweet counts were fluctuating.
“@Twitter @TwitterIndia may kindly check why all the retweets and likes are disappearing?” Union minister Kiren Rijiju posted.
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) February 12, 2019
With the platform already under criticism as a section of users are complaining of being “shadow-banned” or their handles getting suspended, the disappearing likes and retweets were seen by many an attempt to discriminate against right-wing voices in India.
So here’s what @twitter can do in a day’s work to one RW tweet. Reduce 1200+ RTs to 500. Then again bring-down 1000+ RTs to 700+.
No wonder @jack has been summoned by Parliamentary Committee. This is fraud and calls for serious investigation!
— Nupur Sharma (@NupurSharmaBJP) February 12, 2019
It could not be confirmed as to how many of Twitter’s global user base of nearly 236 million active monthly users got affected by the bug.
Earlier, Twitter had invited criticism for declining to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on IT, headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, which had summoned its CEO Jack Dorsey and senior officials over the issue of safeguarding citizens’ rights on social media platforms.
The committee had issued a summon to Twitter via an official letter on February 1. Its meeting scheduled to be held on February 7 was postponed to February 11 to allow the Twitter team more time to make themselves available.
Twitter however said it would not be able to come, citing “short notice of the hearing” as the reason.
The Parliamentary panel has now summoned Dorsey and other officials to appear before it on February 25.
Representatives from Twitter’s India office had reached the Parliament annex to attend the panel’s scheduled meeting but were not called into the meeting.