Facebook Bug Affected 800000 Users

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Likewise, a previously blocked contact might have been able to contact someone who had blocked them on Messenger. "For example, pictures shared with friends of friends".

Rather than wait for some enterprising third-party security researcher to unearth the bug, Facebook's chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, took a swig from the mea culpa chalice. (FB) confirmed that a bug "briefly" enabled access to blocked users, allowing them to send unwelcome messages and expose hidden posts and updates of the users who had blocked them, according to CNBC.

If you've ever blocked anyone on Facebook, the social network may have accidentally "unblocked" that person on your behalf.

"We know that the ability to block someone is important, and we'd like to apologise", Egan said. The other 17 percent of users had more than one person unblocked, thanks to the bug.




The tech giant started an email service that offered users an @facebook.com address, in November 2010.

It is worth noting here that this is the second software glitch Facebook has revealed in less than a month. In addition, by blocking someone who was previously a friend, you automatically unfriend them.

People affected by the bug will get notifications encouraging them to check their blocked lists. But between May 18 and May 27, some 14 million people made public posts on the social network, many of them likely believing they were sharing with just friends.

Facebook keeps making mistakes that share your info - and this time it's with people you've explicitly blocked. Egan stated that the bug did not reinstate friend connections that had been severed and that those who should be blocked have been blocked once again.

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