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Apple Fixes Broken Twitter Links in Safari in Third Beta of OS X 10.11.4

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Apple has fixed an issue that prevented shortened "t.co" links on Twitter from loading in Safari on the third beta version of OS X 10.11.4, seeded to developers for testing on Monday, according to developer Dieter Komendera. The bug affected many users in the MacRumors and Apple Support Communities forums.
Apple just sent back my radar about https://t.co/JewBctgsV7 urls not working in Safari, saying it's fixed in latest 10.11.4 beta. #finally - Dieter Komendera (@kommen) February 10, 2016
Since November, Twitter users who click shortened "t.co" links with the secured HTTPS protocol have encountered a bug that prevents content from loading. Oftentimes, when a "t.co" link is clicked, it opens up a blank web page and hangs at a loading screen for several minutes before giving an error message.


Safari users have used temporary solutions, including reloading the "t.co" link several times, removing "https" from the URL, clearing Safari's cache, or switching to a different browser, but until now there was no official fix yet for the link loading issue. Chrome and Firefox are not affected, nor are links that do not use HTTPS.

Last month, WebKit Developer Experience Manager Timothy Hatcher tweeted that the problem was lower level than WebKit, Safari's underlying rendering engine, and that Apple had a fix identified. OS X 10.11.4 should be released to the public by no later than the end of March, depending on how many beta versions are tested.

Article Link: Apple Fixes Broken Twitter Links in Safari in Third Beta of OS X 10.11.4
 

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I am a little embarrassed to say that I have never gotten into the Twitter world, so I had no idea that this problem existed. To be clear, I am embarrassed about not know about the bug (i like to stay on top of things) not about Twitter (very happy not to see all of Trumps comments).
 

robertcoogan

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This is also affecting access to certain US Department of Defense websites, such as SharePoint portals. I was told by MCI West support that this was most likely a certificate issue, but I didn't think it was. Most SharePoint access is still inaccessible, but on certain sites I was able to gain access by removing the SSL ("s") from the http - and my PKI certificates still worked. For others this will not work as most (at least US Marine Corps) sites only permit http via SSL.
 

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What about iPhones not being able to open Tumblr links as are very common from Yahoo in the stocks app? Many many news stories from the stocks app never open in safari.
 

a.gomez

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Apple really just need to put this mess of a browser to rest and start over - nobody uses this thing anyway.
 

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I am a little embarrassed to say that I have never gotten into the Twitter world, so I had no idea that this problem existed. To be clear, I am embarrassed about not know about the bug (i like to stay on top of things) not about Twitter (very happy not to see all of Trumps comments).
I have seen this 'Safari cannot open XXX' rather frequently lately (coinciding with upgrading to El Capitan). None were Twitter links though when I click on an embedded link anywhere (eg, in a post here), I won't be able to see if somebody posted a Twitter link or a direct link. And even beyond that, whatever caused the issue with Twitter links quite likely could also have affected other links.
 

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Apple really just need to put this mess of a browser to rest and start over - nobody uses this thing anyway.

Not sure about that. I keep coming back to Safari all the time for a few reasons. Right now the main reason is that ”tab thumbnail overview” which I think is awesome. Before it was that I think it was scrolling the smoothest, but maybe that's more even compared to other browsers nowadays.

Anyway, I like Chromium/Chrome and Opera too and also Firefox, but I have a problem with the ”Windows style” truncated pop-up menus in Firefox. An example of that can be seen when choosing language next to the search filed on Wikipedia: https://www.wikipedia.org/
 

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I hope they fix a bug that makes my entire MacBook freeze when closing tabs of some HTML5 YouTube videos. Anyone else experiencing it? I don't know what's worse - the freezing or the prospect of downloading flash again.
 

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There are no parental controls enabled. I have Ghostery installed but when I get this message, even disabling Ghostery doesn't change things. Sometimes however a simple page reload solves the issue.
 

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There are no parental controls enabled. I have Ghostery installed but when I get this message, even disabling Ghostery doesn't change things. Sometimes however a simple page reload solves the issue.
It was a joke about not being able to open 'XXX'.
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Apple really just need to put this mess of a browser to rest and start over - nobody uses this thing anyway.
This comment is hilariously misinformed. The browser isn't a mess and starting over isn't even an option, what Apple should (IMO) do is move to a more agile development cycle with releases every ~6 weeks and public beta and developer previews as well as the Webkit Nightly releases. Much the same as what Opera, Chrome and Firefox do.
 

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Man, I'm curious about the technical details on this one. Was the fix in WebKit, so people can dissect it? If it was in Foundation we'll likely never find out ...
 

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Apple has fixed an issue that prevented shortened "t.co" links on Twitter from loading in Safari on the third beta version of OS X 10.11.4, seeded to developers for testing on Monday, according to developer Dieter Komendera. The bug affected many users in the MacRumors and Apple Support Communities forums.
Since November, Twitter users who click shortened "t.co" links with the secured HTTPS protocol have encountered a bug that prevents content from loading. Oftentimes, when a "t.co" link is clicked, it opens up a blank web page and hangs at a loading screen for several minutes before giving an error message.


Safari users have used temporary solutions, including reloading the "t.co" link several times, removing "https" from the URL, clearing Safari's cache, or switching to a different browser, but until now there was no official fix yet for the link loading issue. Chrome and Firefox are not affected, nor are links that do not use HTTPS.

Last month, WebKit Developer Experience Manager Timothy Hatcher tweeted that the problem was lower level than WebKit, Safari's underlying rendering engine, and that Apple had a fix identified. OS X 10.11.4 should be released to the public by no later than the end of March, depending on how many beta versions are tested.

Article Link: Apple Fixes Broken Twitter Links in Safari in Third Beta of OS X 10.11.4
Not opening shortened URL is not a bug (IMHO) it is a useful feature. You really have no idea where they will take you or your kids to. What about to some porno or even worse a snuff site?
 

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Safari has a bunch of issues for me, namely it will hardly play back HD video on youtube while chrome has zero issues. Come on Apple.
 

Mike Proctor

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I don't think the fix has anything to do with the beta as I'm running 10.11.3 and was having this issue all the time but it's working fine now. I was blaming twitter's t.co servers thinking that was the issue and didn't realize it was a safari issue since it worked sometimes and sometimes it didn't like t.co was waiting on something or updating something for tracking ad crap or such. I was to the point where I always just copied and pasted twitter links in new tabs to skip t.co.
 
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