Facebook’s latest screw-up unblocked people from users’ blocked lists

03 July, 2018, 07:11 | Author: Leah Owens
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The company says a bug on its platform reportedly led to random users being removed from some users' block lists. Crucially, if someone had been unblocked, they could have been able to contact the person who blocked them on Messenger.

On Monday, Facebook revealed that a bug had affected the privacy settings of 800,000 users.

Egan said that the issue has now been fixed and all of the block settings have been restored. To be sure, the company's transparency and clear communication on this latest one is admirable, but you can see how it adds up to death by a thousand cuts if Facebook can't somehow turn things around when it comes to public perception.

People are blocked for harsher reasons, such as harassment or bullying, Egan added. In a blog post, chief privacy officer Erin Egan noted that the unblocking did not surface information shared with friends, but did show things posted to wider audiences, for example, images users shared with friends of friends.

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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.

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.

Affected users will be notified, and the unblocked users have been automatically re-blocked by Facebook.

Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.

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