A tweet that went viral on Tuesday showed a disturbing 9/11 screengrab from the Timehop app. While the image is real, it’s four-years-old. Fortunately, the app has since learned its lesson about how to present what, for most, is a heart-wrenching memory.
Timehop, if you’re unfamiliar, is an app that accesses a user’s Twitter, Instagram, and other social media accounts to present a personalized “on this day” view of history. For example, if you posted a photo from your niece’s birthday to Facebook in 2013, you’ll get to relive it every year thanks to the digital photo album.
Of course, there are some things that are more emotionally taxing to remember—like the 2016 presidential election or the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history. So imagine the shock of English Twitter user Alex Carter, 27, back in 2014 when he opened the app to see a commemorative 9/11 image paired with the quote, “Some say this day will never be topped. But if anyone can do it, it’s you.”
Carter tweeted the old screengrab on Tuesday, acquiring more than 52,000 likes and 12,000 retweets as of the time of writing. “Why is the Timehop dinosaur encouraging me to carry out the biggest terror attack ever?” he wrote.
Why is the TimeHop dinosaur encouraging me to carry out the biggest terror attack ever? pic.twitter.com/gm6TqyZv3W
— Alex Carter (@Only1Carter) September 11, 2018
He told the Daily Dot in direct message that the screengrab popped in his memories on Tuesday, and he thought, “why not tweet it?” It had certainly thrown him for a mental loop four years ago.