Facebook Bug Unblocked People Who Had Been Blocked

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The bug would automatically unblock users that you may have blocked on Facebook, meaning they would be able to view some of your posts. A block allows users to keep unwanted eyes away from their profiles and posts, as well as prevent any unsought conversations popping up Messenger, but the bug borked that and arguably represents a breach of privacy for hundreds of thousands of Facebook users.

Rather than wait for some enterprising third-party security researcher to unearth the bug, Facebook's chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, took a swig from the mea culpa chalice.

An illustration picture shows a person posing during a photo session showing the social platform Facebook logo reflected in the pupil of an eye on April 25, 2018, in Paris.

Facebook has admitted a glitch in its network meant people who had been blocked were temporarily unblocked.

About 83% of the 800,000 users affected had only one person unblocked.

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Facebook has contacted the users that were impacted by the issue.

For the second time in less than a month, Facebook is having to alert users that their accounts may have been negatively impacted because of a bug. That bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May.

Facebook confirmed that a bug has temporarily unblocked some users from the blocked lists of around 800,000 users.

For some people, who noticed that their block list had gotten shorter without their doing or knowledge, it would have been an unsettling notion that these blocked people now had access to their lives again. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, which unfolded in March, affected more than 8.7 crore users.

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