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A Twitter Error has Made Public Private Tweets for 4 Years

Twitter has acknowledged that it has suffered a failure during the last five years that has affected the security of the accounts of some users of the social network on Android devices.

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Twitter has acknowledged that it has suffered a failure during the last five years that has affected the security of the accounts of some users of the social network on Android devices.

“The error has been occurring for the last four years.”

The bug, which has been active since November 2014 until last January 14, 2019, the date on which the company learned of the error and solved it, exposed private information of the users without them knowing it, while thinking that the contents they shared in the social network were protected.

The failure caused that, when making certain changes to the account, for example, by modifying the email address associated with it – something relatively common that any user could do with their profile – the option “Turn your tweets into private ones” will be deactivated. “

This means that the contents of these Android users who made changes to their profiles became public without them knowing. Twitter ensures that this failure only occurred on Android, not on iOS or when using the web version.

The company has produced a public document in which it apologizes: “We regret that this happened and we are carrying out an investigation to help prevent it from happening again. We have informed people that we know they were affected
s and we have activated the option ‘Protect your tweets’ for those who had it disabled, “the statement said.

Twitter also states that it has no possibility of knowing the total number of people who have been affected by this error. It does not seem that compromised sensitive information of users (such as names, phone numbers, etc …) but it is somewhat disturbing that the failure has been occurring for more than four years without anyone in the company realizing that It was produced.

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