Complete films published in two-minute increments is the new trend of the social network Twitter, which seems to have difficulty containing violations of its usage policy.
In the midst of reform since its takeover by Elon Musk, Twitter has been a subscriber to daily controversies and dysfunctions for almost a month. The social network is at the heart of an unprecedented layoff crisis, and the latter has notably had an impact on the moderation of the platform.
In this context, the automated system aimed at banning accounts that do not respect copyright also seems to be blocked. Users take the opportunity to publish entire films … in two-minute increments, the maximum video length allowed on Twitter. For example, there was the film Need for Speed in a thread consisting of 66 tweets.
The account behind this tweet appears to have been created for the sole purpose of posting these movie clips. Created in November 2022, its description reads “first post was Nov 20 at 1:33am. How long can I last?”
The film Hackers was also available, along with entire episodes of the cartoon Spongebob. As notices the specialized media Mashable, the most famous films were quickly shared thousands of times, and their visibility got the better of them. They have since been banned.
“RIP to [Fast and Furious, ndlr] Tokyo Drift which had been released in full in two-minute increments.” The film sat online for nearly a day, according to the specialized media The Verge. The film Avatar by James Cameron was also available on November 20.
The list of malfunctions seems to be growing hour by hour. A journalist from Forbes noted that despite deleting tweets containing this type of video, he could still access them on the mobile version of the app, suggesting that the deletions in question had not been entirely effective.
Some users also report that Twitter’s algorithm intentionally directed them to some of these movie “threads” that violate the terms of service.
“Twitter’s algorithm nudged me towards a full pirated movie as I was scrolling, and it’s really, really funny.” The Internet user specifies that it was the film Hackers, which is still online on the platform.
If the problem is not resolved, the platform could face legal action from the studios, while it is already worried by several complaints related to the many layoffs that have occurred in recent weeks.