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Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people from 800,000+ block lists

Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people from 800,000+ block lists

The social network has admitted that more than 800,000 were hit by a bug that meant people they had blocked on either Facebook or Facebook Messenger were temporarily unblocked and able to see content that had been posted. Facebook, instead, allows these users to connect via Messenger, while a previously blocked person may also be able to spot public posts from the person. The company says a bug on its platform reportedly led to random users being removed from some users' block lists.

ANOTHER FACEBOOK FOIBLE has reared its head, this time in the form of a big that quietly unblocked blocked users so they could see the content and posts from their, er, blockers. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, which unfolded in March, affected more than 8.7 crore users.

When asked by a journalist, Facebook on Twitter provided context of what caused the bug and how it worked. Also, the bug would have let these individuals re-add friends who had blocked them from their profile.

The bug doesn't appear to have been active for long in the grand scheme of things, but it's yet another example a breach of trust between Facebook and its users.




If you are anxious that you would need to again block the Facebook users you had blocked in the past, Facebook says it has taken care of that for you.

"We know that the ability to block someone is important, and we'd like to apologise", Egan said. It suggests that users check their blocked lists, and reassures them that the issue has now been resolved.

People are blocked for harsher reasons, such as harassment or bullying, Egan added.

Facebook apologized for the error and is encouraging users to check their blocked lists.