More than 800,000 Facebook users affected by software bug

Clark ByrdJul 04, 2018

Between May 29 and June 5, more than 800,000 Facebook users were affected by a bug that unblocked people they had previously chose to block.

"The bug was active between 29 May and 5 June - and while someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience". When a Facebook user blocks another user, the latter (blocked user) cannot see things that the former posts on their profile, they cannot start a conversation with the former on Facebook Messenger and they cannot add the former user as a friend.

And the scandals are continuing to roll now with the realization that a bug recently affected over 800,000 of the site's users and their ability to manage who can see their posts. However, Facebook also asks that users check your blocked list to make sure it still includes all of those previously on your list. Facebook will, however, also send you a notification if you were affected by this particular bug to ask you to check your blocked list again. As a result, over 800,000 users were subjected to at least one of the person on their blocked list being temporarily unblocked.

It's worth noting that the issue didn't give previously blocked users full access to someone's account.

Specifically, it automatically allowed people who were blocked to become unblocked. For example, their relationship may have changed or they may want to take a break from someone posting content they find annoying. The scale and scope of that bug was much larger than this one and affected a whopping 14 million users over several days in May. "Other reasons are more serious like harassment or bullying", she said.

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