Facebook reveals bug that unblocked users

03 Julio, 2018, 10:34 | Author: Misty Newman
  • A Facebook bug quietly unblocked people that 800,000 of its users had previously blocked

Facebook has admitted a glitch in its network meant people who had been blocked were temporarily unblocked.

Facebook keeps making mistakes that share your info - and this time it's with people you've explicitly blocked.

Facebook's blocking feature enables users to restrict certain individuals from viewing anything on their timeline, tagging them in any post, or starting conversations with them on the Messenger app.

While the social media giant claims that no friendships that were previously ended had been reestablished, the bug did allow posts to be shared with "a wider audience".

The vast majority of the more than 800,000 people affected by the bug had only one person they had blocked be temporarily unblocked, according to Facebook.

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"Their relationship may have changed or they may want to take a break from someone posting content they find annoying".

The bug was live from May 29th until June 5, the company says.

People are blocked for harsher reasons, such as harassment or bullying, Egan added. "For example, pictures shared with friends of friends".

"We know that the ability to block someone is important - and we'd like to apologize and explain what happened", Egan wrote.

In the case of this bug, she goes on, it didn't reinstate any friend connections that had been severed when the unblocking was first implemented. However, because of the bug, someone who was unblocked could have been able to message a user who had blocked them in the past. The bug deleted some associations across Facebook and Messenger, and this caused the block settings for the affected users to be lost.

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