I perform a hashtag-based search through the API for videos. This only finds unprotected tweets. Now suppose the author of such a tweet subsequently makes her account protected. I’ve discovered that, by and large, the video (and associated thumbnail) URLs I’ve retrieved still work, i.e. I can retrieve the video and its thumbnail. But not always: sometimes I get a 404. The information I’ve found online https://support.twitter.com/articles/14016 says:
“If your Tweets are protected, only your followers will be able to see your media in your Tweets. Please note that your followers may download or re-share links to media that you share in protected Tweets. Links to media shared on Twitter are not protected. Anyone with the link will be able to view the content.”
- which suggests to me that the media URLs I’ve retrieved should still work.
So why am I randomly experiencing 404s?
Thanks for any help.