Facebook admitted the existence of a bug that resulted in blocked users being temporarily unblocked and affecting at least 800,000 users.
As the BBC reports, the company revealed this problem on Monday, and ran from May 29 to June 5, affecting both Facebook’s website and its Facebook application. As it has become known, the popular social network will inform those affected, with a special message.
Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, on a blog post, users who were “unblocked” because of this problem could see posts that were aimed at a wider audience, such as pictures shared with friends of friends (although they could not see things that were communicated to friends).
“We know that the ability to block someone is important – and we would like to apologize”,
The blog post emphasizes that friendships that were interrupted were not “restored”, while among those affected, about 83% had only one case of temporary unblocking of an unwanted person.
This announcement is being made in the wake of Facebook’s ongoing privacy crisis: Last Friday, the company revealed an additional 110 “thirds” (companies / businesses) that had gained “special” access to personal user data in response to queries set by American politicians for its practices.
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