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Security Bug Exposed Private Tweets for Years
Twitter discovered a bug in the system that made users’ private tweets public for over four years. This vulnerability occurred to the Android Twitter app. User’s using the IOS app or the Web to use Twitter were not affected by the vulnerability. The social media site posted to Twitter’s help center on Thursday saying the issue was ongoing from November 3, 2014 to January 14, 2019. “You may have been impacted by this issue if you had protected Tweets turned on in your settings, used Twitter for Android, and made certain changes to account settings such as changing the email address associated with your account between November 3, 2014, and January 14, 2019”. According to the site, to have been impacted by the bug users had to do three various tasks. First, the user needed to use specifically the Android Twitter app. Second, the user had to have turned on the “Protect your Tweets” setting. Third, users had to make certain changes to their account setting such as updating their email account. When the changes were made, the “Protect your Tweets” setting would automatically become disabled, making the tweets public.
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