Officials from online social platform Twitter have announced they fixed a “rare” bug that exposed the tweets of nearly 100,000 protected accounts by way of text messages and push notifications.
“We were alerted to and fixed a bug in our system that, for 93,788 protected accounts under rare circumstances, allowed non-approved followers to receive protected tweets via SMS or push notifications since November 2013.”
The company became aware of the privacy flaw after being notified by members of its white hat community, and in addition to mitigating the bug, has stated that they also “removed all of these unapproved follows” and have notified each of the affected account holders.
“While the scope of this bug was small in terms of affected users, that does not change the fact that this should not have happened. We’ve emailed each of these affected users to let them know about this bug and extend our whole-hearted apologies,” Twitter said in a blog post Sunday.
The issue comes on the heels of an event that led to false password reset notification messages being sent to a slew of users last week, and just a few months after the platform was breached, leading to a mass resetting of login credentials for an undisclosed number of accounts.
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