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Twitter Says That Protected Tweets For Android Users Were Exposed For Years

Twitter users with Androids were in for an unpleasant surprise when the platform notified them that a bug in its system made their “protected tweets” accessible for years. On January 17, Twitter said in a blog post that Android users’ tweets were exposed if “certain account changes were made.” The company said that Android users who changed their email address associated with their accounts between November 3, 2014, and January 14, 2019 were vulnerable to the bug. Web users and iOS users were not impacted by the bug. Twitter apologized in the blog post and encouraged users to review their privacy settings to ensure the settings reflect their preferences. Twitter did not say how many users had been affected. “We are providing this broader notice through the Twitter Help Center since we can’t confirm every account that may have been impacted,” the company said. This is the latest bug in a string of social media platform mishaps and now the Irish Data Protection Commission is...

Arriana McLymore

Jan 19, 2019

Twitter Loses 9 Million Users After Bot Sweep

Twitter experienced another hit of nearly 9 million monthly users last quarter after the company began aggressively removing bots, spam and harassing accounts. The platform also lost 1 million users the quarter prior. “In Q3, we made progress preventing spammy or suspicious new account creation by requiring new accounts to confirm either an email address or phone number when they sign up to Twitter, and we improved the detection and removal of previously banned accounts who attempt to evade suspension by creating new accounts,” Twitter said in a quarterly filing. In September, Twitter released a policy banning accounts from using dehumanizing language to people and groups, marking another move to make the platform a safer space for users. The company said it is expecting more declines as it continues to sweep the platform of problematic accounts and users. “We do see health [of the platform] as a growth vector over the long term,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said during a call with...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 26, 2018