Facebook has started notifying over 800,000 users about a bug in Facebook and Messenger application that unblocked certain users who had been blocked by some people. The company's Chief Privacy Officer said that the bug remained active between May 29th and June 5th. Blocked users are also unable to send a friend request to the person who blocked them, while blocked friends are unfriended automatically. Crucially, if someone had been unblocked, they could have been able to contact the person who blocked them on Messenger. People are once again blocked, but Facebook will add an alert to the accounts of those affected, asking them to double-check their blocked lists.
Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. From our most recent visit to that popular restaurant to watching our favourite movie or even someplace you travelled, most of us like to share important events of our lives on social media. The bug deleted these "associations", which hit the block lists of Facebook and Messenger for some users.
The fact that this was possible is a concerning breach of Facebook users' online safety.
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Egan's post details the features of this newly disclosed bug.
For instance, this might have included pictures shared with friends of friends. While Facebook found a solution for the problem, it doesn't raise confidence in the company's ability to keep its user data safe.
Users can check their list of blocked people on its Safety Center.
Due to what it's calling a bug, the social giant says it temporarily unblocked some users that had been previously blocked.