This Tweet Has Been Deleted? Try These 17 Fixes

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This Tweet Has Been Deleted

When you click on a tweet they’ve seen on their feed, below where the replies should be, it says This Tweet Has Been Deleted. This prevents you from seeing the replies.

This is something that has frustrated Twitter users for quite some time, especially for users who enjoy and keep tabs on a particular account. 

What Does This Tweet Has Been Deleted Mean?

When checking your tweets and you get an error banner saying This Tweet Has Been Deleted, it’s possible the Twitter user deleted their tweet, but your feed hasn’t been updated, which is why you were able to view it.

This is what is considered to be a lag that contributes to your Twitter feeds not updating promptly. This can happen if you have been logged into your Twitter account and watching a certain feed for an extended time.

And while you are watching that feed or video, the user may delete the post when you observe. There is never a warning for when a user deletes a post. So, this is something that can happen unexpectedly without other followers knowing.

Why Does Twitter Say This Tweet Has Been Deleted?

1. They’ve Actually Deleted Their Tweet

Suppose Twitter gives the notification that This Tweet Has Been Deleted. In that case, this is to provide notification on behalf of the user who deleted the tweet as well as give notification to followers, so they are aware of that user’s actions for that tweet.

A couple of reasons could contribute to why a tweet has been deleted. The first reason could be that the user no longer wants to share that tweet with their followers, so they decided to remove it from their feeds. The other reason may be due to policy purposes.

Considering the latter, a tweet can be deleted by the decision of Twitter’s moderators. When this happens, the user and followers will see a message saying the tweet is no longer available because it violated Twitter’s rules. The message typically remains for up to 14 days after the tweets are deleted.

Just like other popular social media platforms, if a post is created or a reply that goes against the app’s rules and regulations, the account will be flagged, the post or replies will be removed, and the account may go into suspension.

Fix – There’s Nothing You Can Do to See the Replies

If the user has deleted the tweet on their own or the tweet was deleted involuntarily by Twitter’s moderators, there aren’t any workarounds available for followers to try to view the replies from the tweet. 

Even if you have the tweet archived in your bookmarks, you still may not be able to see the replies from that post

One alternative that may be considered a “stretch” would be to reach out to the user in their DMs to see if they have a screenshot of the post showing the replies before it was deleted.

This will result in a 2 out of 10 probability since most users don’t bother screenshotting their tweets prior to them being removed.

So, the chances are low if you decide to reach out to the user in their DMs to request a screenshot of the post. You won’t be able to scroll through all of the replies, nor would you be able to reply to the tweet.

Moreover, once a tweet is deleted, it’s erased from the history of Twitter. So, unfortunately, there is no way to go back in time to retrieve the post to view the replies.

2. Twitter Server Is Down

Fix – Wait For Twitter To Go Back Up

Whenever there is a shut-down scare, consumers automatically think about the time Facebook was shut down for approximately 6 hours in 2021. October 4, 2021, was a day of reckoning. The same incident can also happen with Twitter.

Twitter development is connected to a server, just like other popular social media platforms out there.

Sometimes, when an application or website isn’t working properly, it is due to the server for that app or website currently being down. That can be annoying for some consumers. However, the only option available is to wait for the Twitter app to come back up.

Usually, if there is an internal issue with the app, the app developers will send out a notification to consumers via email or text message, notifying them that there is an ongoing issue that they are working hard to resolve.

So, if you are having an issue with trying to see the replies on a tweet and seeing the notification the tweet was deleted, it’s possible that the server connected to the Twitter app decided to shut down for a while.

But don’t worry and don’t panic, for this is something that only lasts for a bit of time. If the server is down, the app will come back up in a timely manner.

3. Twitter Has A Bug

Bugs are such an aggravating little thing. Having an “app bug” is similar to having unwanted flies buzzing in your ear while you’re trying to get a good night’s rest. Doesn’t that make you want to cringe and scream? However, there are some methods to “shoo” the bug away. Let’s start with restarting the app.

Fix – Restart the App 

By restarting the app, you are simply closing the app and then reopening it. If you are trying to see a post that claims to be deleted, to isolate the issue, attempt the following steps:

1. On your Twitter feeds, there would be a bubble at the top of your feeds that should say “View New Tweets” or a horizontal bubble showing people who have recently tweeted. Tap on the section showing new tweets are available to refresh the feeds on your screen.

2. From here, simply close out the Twitter app.

3. Navigate to your device settings by opening the Settings app from your apps drawer; once the settings are open, locate the apps section.

4. Locate the Twitter app in the list of applications.

5. Tap to open Twitter’s properties.

6. Next, you will see options to Force Close or Uninstall. Tap on the option to Force Close the app.

7. After you have force closed the app, reopen the Twitter app.

8. In the search bar, type in the person’s name (the person who had the tweet removed) and navigate back to their page to locate the Tweet that was “deleted”.

After locating the tweet and you notice the post shows This Tweet Has Been Deleted”, most likely the post was deleted either by the user or the moderators.

Fix 2 – Switch Accounts and Check If the 

Tweet is Still There. If It Is, It Wasn’t Actually Deleted, There’s A Bug.

Using another account will also be a quick and accessible way for a user to see if a tweet has been deleted.

If you have an alternate account aside from your current account, it would be best to log into your alternative account instead. Once you log into the alternate account, navigate to the post you’re trying to view and see if the post is still available.

If you don’t have an alternate account, there are some steps to take to set up a second Twitter account. You follow the same procedures when creating your initial account to set up a second account.

Fix 3 – Use Twitter.com

A quick method that can quickly isolate this problem is by using the web browser on your device instead of using the Twitter app.

1. Before attempting this, ensure you can access a dependable web browser on your mobile device. 

2. After the browser is open, in the search bar of your browser, type in Twitter.com. From here, you will be redirected to the sign-in page for your Twitter account.

3. Sign in to your Twitter account.

4. Once you are signed in, navigate to the user that deleted the post by typing their name or Twitter handle in the search bar of the Twitter home page.

5. Once you have located the user, browse their page for the post that was removed.

6. If you scroll the page, locate the tweet, and the post shows This Tweet Has Been Deleted, there is still a bug issue with Twitter.

Fix 4 – Use Twitter on PC

If you have no luck with using a web browser on your PC to see the post and replies claimed to be deleted, you may want to attempt to use a PC instead.

To use Twitter on your PC is similar to using Twitter on your mobile device.

To use Twitter on your PC, follow the steps accordingly:

As mentioned in the previous fix, ensure access to a fast and dependable web browser to guarantee efficiency.

Once you have the web browser open on your PC, in the search bar, type in Twitter.com, this will take you to the log-in screen for accessing your account.

Once you have logged in, navigate to the user that has the deleted post by typing their name or Twitter handle in the search bar on the home page.

After you have located the user, navigate their page to see if the post is still available.

If you find the post and the error is still shown underneath, you still can’t access the replies under the tweet.

This may not mean that the person has deleted the post. So, there could still be a bug. If you have attempted this step and still have no progress, let’s check out the next method to see if that fixes the issue for you.

Fix 5 – Log Out, Then Back In

Sometimes, the best way to resolve a bug issue is to log out of the account and log back in. This will reset your feeds, allowing them to update.

To log out of your Twitter on your mobile device, you must:

1. On your feeds screen, tap the profile icon located on the top left of the screen on your feeds page.

2. Tap on Settings and Privacy at the bottom of the menu.

3. Tap on the Your Account option.

4. Select the Account Information section.

5. From here, scroll down until you see Log Out highlighted in red.

6. Tap on Log Out to sign out of your Twitter account.

7. Once you are logged out, log back into your account with your credentials.

8. After logging back in, navigate back to the user’s profile by searching their name or Twitter handle in the search bar. When you are on their profile, find the tweet to see if the tweet is still accessible.

Fix 6 – Update Twitter to Get Rid Of Bugs

If there is still an issue where you are trying to see the replies of a tweet, and you are getting the notification that the tweet is no longer available, you may want to resort to the “U” word. You guessed it!

You may want to check for updates to eliminate that nasty bug. Updates are a vital part of an app’s safety, security, and functionality. So, updating Twitter may be a great option to proceed with.

To update Twitter on Android, you must:

1. Open the Google Play Store on your device.

2. Tap on the profile icon located in the top right of the page.

3. From the menu, select Manage Apps and Devices.

4. Tape on Updates Available to view all app updates on your device.

5. From here, you will have the option to Update All or update each app individually. If you don’t want to update all, scroll down until you see Twitter.

6. Next to Twitter would be a highlighted button showing “update”.

7. Tap on the update button to install the latest update for Twitter.

The update can take approximately 1-2 minutes to install. After the update has been installed, the process would disappear, showing that the app has been successfully updated.

Afterward, close out the Google Play Store and open the Twitter app. Once you have opened the app, navigate to the person’s page to see if the tweet is available to view.

To update Twitter on iOS, you can follow these simple steps:

1. Open your app store.

2. Tap these search icon and search for the Twitter app.

3. Once you have located the app, it will show the application is installed. Once you see the application is installed, you will also be able to see if there is an update available for the application.

4. If you see a button that says update next to you the title Twitter, go ahead and tap the update button, and the app will immediately update.

5. Once the Twitter app has officially updated, you can attempt to log back in if you have logged out and go back to the user’s profile page to see if the tweet is still available.

Fix 7 – Clear Your Cache to Get Rid of Bugs

Clearing your cache is a great way to clear out any bugs with your Twitter app. After clearing your cache, your app may be back to its’ full force potential, and you may be able to view your replies and tweets.

To clear out your cache, you must do the following:

If you are using an Android device, go into your device settings and to apps; once your app’s window is open, locate the Twitter application. Open the Twitter settings; you will see options to force close, clear data, and clear cache.

You will select the option to clear the cache. To be safe, once your cache is cleared, it would be best to force close the app if the application was previously opened.

If you are using an iPhone, you can clear your cache by proceeding with the following steps:

1. Go to Settings;

2. Tap ‘Storage’;

3. Tap ‘Internal Storage’ under ‘Device Storage’;

4. Tap ‘Cached data’;

5. Tap ‘OK’ when asked if you are sure to clear all app cache;

After the cache is cleared and the app is forced closed, reopen the Twitter app and go back to the user’s page to see if the tweet is still available to view.

Fix 8 – Reinstall Twitter

You can uninstall the application from your Google Play Store or App Store on your iOS device. Or you can uninstall the app from your device settings.

If you are using an Android device, most likely, that device will have to Google Play Store. To uninstall the Twitter app, you will open the Google Play Store and locate the Twitter app under your installed applications.

Next to the Twitter app, you will see the option to uninstall it. Tap the Uninstall button and allow the application to clear successfully from your device.

Once the Twitter app has been successfully uninstalled, reinstall the application by tapping the install button. Once you install the app, it may take a moment for the application to install back to your device. Once the Twitter app is installed, you will open the app and log in with your credentials.

Fix 9 – Contact Twitter Support

If you are having a troublesome time with resolving the issue on your own and you are at your wit’s end, you may want to reach out to Twitter support to calm your nerves.

To contact support via the Twitter application, open the Twitter app, tap on the profile icon in the left corner of the screen, and scroll to the bottom of the menu to select Help Center.

From here, you can search for useful articles that pertain to your issue.

If you couldn’t find a helpful article to assist with resolving the problem, scroll down to the bottom of the Help Center page until you see the “Help” tab. Tap on the downward arrow next to the Help tab. After tapping the arrow, tap on the Contact Us section.

After tapping on the Contact Us section, scroll down on the page until you see File A Ticket. Filing a ticket will allow you to submit your inquiry directly to Twitter support, and someone will reach back out to you with further information on the issue and possible resolutions.

If you want to take a different approach to contact support, you can email the support team via [email protected] for further inquiry and resolution.

4. Bad Internet Connection

Fix – Switch from WI-FI to Data and Check

Switching from Wi-Fi to Data allows you to consolidate the issue to see if the problem is your Wi-Fi connection.

If you are using an Android device, to switch to your data connection, you must:

1. First, log out of your Twitter account.

2. On your home screen, take your finger and swipe from the top of your screen, and pull down until you see buttons for your Wi-Fi, data, flashlight, etc.

3. If your Wi-Fi connection is highlighted, tap the Wi-Fi button so the highlight will disappear, and then tap your data button to switch on your data option.

4. Once this is done, log into your Twitter account, and navigate to the user’s page to see if the tweet is available and if you are able to see replies.

For individuals using an iOS device, to switch on your data, you must:

1. From your home screen, navigate to your settings, then Wi-Fi. If your connection is available, tap the Wi-Fi switch to turn it off.

2. To turn on your data from your settings, if you are already in settings, go to cellular, then turn your cellular data on from that screen.

3. Once connected to your data service, go back to your Twitter app, open it, and log back in. Once logged back in, navigate to the user’s page to locate the tweet that was “deleted” to see if you are able to view the replies to the post.

Fix 2 – Turn Off VPN

A VPN provides an encrypted server and highs your IP address from corporations, government agencies, and possible hackers. If you are connected to a VPN, this may be the cause of why you are not able to view the tweet or view its replies.

If you are connected to a VPN and you are looking to disconnect the VPN, for Android users, you must:

1. First, log out of your Twitter account.

2. Go to your phone’s settings and look for the network and internet or connections menu

3. Tap on VPN and select the VPN profile.

4. Depending on your phone’s manufacturer, you may see a toggle switch, in which case just toggle off the VPN, or if you are prompted with a disconnect button, disconnect the VPN using that button.

To disconnect the VPN for iOS users, you must:

1. First, log out of your Twitter account.

2. Tap the VPN slider near the top of the settings app to disconnect from the VPN. Another way to disconnect from the VPN and the settings you will go under settings, then tap General, and select VPN.

To disconnect the VPN, tap the status option at the top of the page and then set it to the off position.

3. Once you have disconnected from your VPN on your Android or iOS device, this should allow both your Wi-Fi and cellular data to have a smoother functionality. In other words, disconnecting the VPN allows less interference when using your Twitter app.

4. After disconnecting the VPN, log back into your Twitter account using your credentials and navigate to the “deleted” tweet to see if the post is available and if the replies are visible.

Fix 3 – Restart Router

Most routers have a tiny reset button located at the back of its’ panel. You may need a pen-pointed tool to reach the reset button at the back of the router.

Suppose you have a pin-pointed tool; press and hold the small reset button on the back of the router. Press and hold the button for approximately 10 seconds, and then release. This will automatically reset the router.

Before resetting the router, log out of the Twitter account before starting this troubleshooting method.

Fix 4 – Reset Network Settings

If your network on your mobile device isn’t cooperating, it may need a reset. This will flush out any issues with your current connection. Before attempting a network reset, ensure you are logged out of the Twitter account before proceeding with the steps below.

To reset your network settings on your Android device, you must:

1. Find and tap Settings > System > Advanced > Reset options > Reset network settings.

2. Finally, tap RESET SETTINGS.

To reset your network settings for iOS, follow the steps accordingly:

1. If you’re using iOS or iPadOS 15 or later, tap Settings > General > Transfer or Reset [Device] > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

2. If you’re using iOS or iPadOS 14 or earlier, tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

After your network is reset on your personal device, log back into your Twitter account, and navigate to the user’s page that has the deleted tweet to see if the tweet is available to view and the replies.

Conclusion

Scrolling through your tweets is a fun voluntary action that helps pass the time. The last thing any Twitter user wants to encounter is an issue while viewing a particular tweet and its replies, for the replies breathe life into the post they are reading.

Whenever the issue occurs where you get the notification that This Tweet Has Been Deleted, before you drive yourself crazy, be sure to isolate the issue to see why you are not able to view the tweet and the replies.

To consolidate the problem further, you have the option to restart the app, switch accounts to see if the tweet is still available, use Twitter on a PC, log out and log back in, update your Twitter app, and so many more alternatives.

If none of these methods have worked, a server may be down for a while, your internet connection may have to be reset, or simply, the user has actually deleted their tweet.

There are many common denominators to consider when this issue arises. However, if you do experience this issue, refer back to these fantastic tips, and you can get back to viewing those funny tweets with spicy replies in no time!

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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