Several Twitter users have discovered that retweeted tweets appear in their timeline by users of the platform to which, in principle, they do not follow. Despite the initial fear that this situation was caused by a strange change in the algorithm, the company itself has confirmed that everything is due to a bug that affects Twitter users on Android devices.
“A bug is making Twitter users on Android believe that they are watching tweets retweeted by strangers that they do not follow.”
Twitter has indicated that the bug affects a label that is responsible for showing which user has retweeted a content. Therefore, the tweets that the users were seeing that had been retweeted by users who were followed. The error of the label caused the erroneous data to be responsible for saying who had done RT to the tweet in question.
The bug has been active for a few days. Twitter is aware of this and says they are working to try to solve it. Even so, the fact that the official technical support account of Twitter (@TwitterSupport) has not answered user questions is something that has created some confusion.
It is not strange that Twitter users see content in their timeline whose origin is questionable. For example, when several users follow another and their tweets appear; when a user’s tweet appears that we do not follow but that several people have given him like, etc…