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Twitter Bug exposes Personal Tweets of Android Users

Twitter Bug exposes Personal Tweets of Android Users

When many Twitter users had made specific changes in the settings of their Twitter account, a bug reportedly affected their respective accounts. It includes even those users who updated their email addresses through Twitter settings.  This Twitter bug has ended up exposing the private tweets of various Android users that they had tweeted in the last five-year period.

This bug first started affecting the accounts during 2014 and have made some of the users’ chats public that was meant to be personal. Twitter itself first reported this issue, and they even fixed it this year on 14 Jan 2019. Those who operate their Twitter accounts from Desktop computers or iOS platform have not been affected.

Twitter officials in their report had stated that when people tried to operate their respective accounts from Android for the Twitter app and made specific changes in the settings, this particular bug occurred. Even those who just updated their email addresses were affected by this bug. Once the setting changes were made, Twitter ended up automatically disabling the ‘Protect Your Tweet’ option to check if it had been enabled on the account.

Those Android for Twitter users who had made changes in their accounts between 3 Nov 2014 and 14 Jan 2019 were affected due to this bug. Further Twitter officials stated that they had contacted those users they knew whose account had these issues. Apart from this they also issued an advisory saying that from now onwards those users who wish to keep the tweets ‘private’ will need to check their settings double to make sure that ‘Protect your Tweets’ option is enabled.

Apart from this bug issue which has caused a significant setback for Twitter, the social media platform is already facing the ire of Data Protection Commission of Ireland since it failed to submit a request regarding submission of tracked data collection done through its link shortening service.

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