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Twitter said while cache data is only stored locally on Firefox browser users' devices, they have implemented a change so that Mozilla Firefox no longer stores Twitter data in the cache at all. Pixabay

Twitter and popular browser Mozilla Firefox have locked up horns over users chat data like Direct Messages (DMs) being inadvertently stored in the browser’s cache on desktops.

Twitter alleged that it has recently learned that the way Mozilla Firefox stores cached data may have resulted in non-public information being inadvertently stored in the browser’s cache.


It means that if you accessed Twitter from a shared or public computer via Mozilla Firefox and took actions like downloading your Twitter data archive or sending or receiving media via Direct Message (DM), “this information may have been stored in the browser’s cache even after you logged out of Twitter,” said micro-blogging platform.

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The Mozilla Firefox browser’s cache retention period is set to 7 days and after that time the information should have automatically been removed from the cache, said Twitter, adding that the issue did not impact people using other browsers like Safari or Chrome. Firefox did not take the allegation lightly, saying why has Twitter only singled out them.

“Why is this just Firefox? The technical details are complicated but the high level is pretty simple: caching is complicated and each browser behaves somewhat differently; with the particular way that Twitter had their site set up, Chrome, Safari, and Edge don’t cache this data but Firefox will,” Firefox Chief Technology Officer Eric Rescorla said in a statement late Friday.

“It’s not that we’re right and they’re wrong. It’s just a normal difference in browser behaviour. There is a standard way to ensure that data isn’t cached, but until recently Twitter didn’t use it, so they were just dependent on non-standard behaviour on some browsers,” he informed.


Twitter and popular browser Mozilla Firefox have locked up horns over users chat data like Direct Messages (DMs) being inadvertently stored in the browser’s cache on desktops. Wikimedia Commons

According to him, all web browsers store local copies of data they get from servers so that they can avoid downloading the same data over the internet repeatedly. “If you do share a computer, you can make sure all of your Twitter data is deleted by following the instructions. If you do nothing, the data will be automatically deleted after 7 days the next time you run Firefox,” Rescorla said.

Twitter said while cache data is only stored locally on Firefox browser users’ devices, they have implemented a change so that Mozilla Firefox no longer stores Twitter data in the cache at all. “We’re very sorry this happened”.

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“If you use, or have used, a public or shared computer to access Twitter, we encourage you to clear the browser cache before logging out, and to be cautious about the personal information you download on a computer that other people use,” said Twitter. (IANS)


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Rihanna was then summoned from her seat to accept the honor, with the Prime Minister managing to rouse a laugh from the singer when she referenced her 2012 hit 'Diamonds', reports femalefirst.co.uk. She added: "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados." "And to accept on behalf of a grateful nation - you can come my dear - ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation." Rihanna, who was born in the St Michael parish of Barbados, found fame in 2005 after being spotted by a record producer and has since gone on to become one of the most successful female artists of all time with sales of over 250 million and recently reached billionaire status through her Fenty beauty brand.

The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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