Twitter bug discovered after five years exposed private tweets of Android users

Twitter bug discovered after five years exposed private tweets of Android users
Bad news for Twitter users, as the company has just admitted that it recently discovered a bug that may have affected Android users since November 3, 2014. The issue wasn't present on the iOS version of the app, so if you have an iPhone, your tweets should be safe from prying eyes.

The bug found in Twitter for Android disabled the “Protect your Tweets” setting if certain account changes were made. Basically, if you had protected Tweets turned on in your settings, and then made certain changes to account settings (i.e. change email address), then your private tweets may have been exposed to other users.

According to Twitter, the bug has been fixed on January 14 and those who the company knows were affected by the issue were informed and had “Protect your Tweets” feature enabled again if it was disabled.

Unfortunately, since Twitter can confirm all accounts affected by the security issue, you should check whether or not “Protect your Tweets” has been enabled automatically after the update rolled out earlier this week.

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11 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Here, I made some room on my couch for you, sit back, relax and I'll get started on the popcorn. However I need to swing by the store and pickup a 50 dollar Android phone since I'm an isheep and incapable of doing anything that Apple hasn't commanded me to do. So I must "unlock" intelligence and wake up from the matrix by buying an Android.

3. TechNeck

Posts: 649; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Why are you making it sound as if it was android's fault? This is all on Twitter's inability to properly release a bug free app.

7. KENNE

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

R I P to your logic. your logic have a bug that makes it impossible to detect the faulty party. ........... this is Twitter's making not Android

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Wow, they just found out now. Well, it’s nothing compared to google as there is no privacy in android phones.

8. KENNE

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

why are people so dumb. so your super - intelligent brain could not inform you that this is Twitter's problem not Android.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

He is a apple troll boy that acts like ios is so safe. This is on Twitter but he not that smart to see that.

5. KENNE

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

let's face the fact that most Android bugs comes as a result of the installed app. that's why it is important to enquire an app before installing

9. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Social Networks have a lot of power but only a little accountability....must users be compensated for this bug that might constitute a breach of privacy ? I am not sure

11. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Pretty simple, stay off social media where no one is safe.

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