A bug in the popular social network Twitter has allowed unapproved access to protected accounts. This means that the bug has affected the users who wanted to keep their tweets and profiles private.
It is quite interesting that the news comes just one week after Twitter claimed that there is no issue in their system.
Twitter sent notifications to its users to change their password, but later claimed that it was just a false alarm and the notification emails were sent by a system error.
Twitter announced that the bug has been eliminated. The company claimed that it has first affected the system back in November 2013, allowing unauthorized users to access the tweets posted on protected accounts.
Many people seem to have protected accounts on Twitter. Protected accounts are accounts that require the owner to manually approve followers. These followers are the only ones who can read the tweets posted by the owner of that account. However, the bug in the system has allowed unapproved users to see the posts for months, with Twitter having no idea about this.
Even though this can be a serious problem for many users, Twitter only mentioned it in a short post, without giving too much details about the issue. The announcement talked about a bug that affected 93,788 protected accounts. Twitter claimed it has been fixed, while the people affected by this bug were notified via email. Twitter also announced that they removed the unapproved followers.
Twitter went to apologize for the potential inconvenience that this has caused to some users. The company also claimed that a member of its group of independent security researchers found the problem and notified the social network, who worked to repair it as fast as possible.
Analysts say that the fact that Twitter came public about the issue and solved it as fast as possible is something to appreciate. However, this issue should have never happened. People choose to have protected accounts for a reason and their privacy needs to be protected. Twitter already claimed that they have taken certain measures to prevent such a situation from occurring in the future.