Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit

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

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Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people from 800,000+ block lists Greg Kumparak @ 8 hours

Do you block anyone on Facebook? At least unless you say otherwise.

Facebook is going to notify over eight lakh users about a bug which may have unblocked some people they had blocked, the company said in a release on Monday. According to an announcement on Facebook's news blog, the company is notifying 800,000 Facebook and Messenger users that people they blocked may have been unblocked between May 29 and June 5. According to Facebook, about 83 percent of the people affected by this bug had only one person temporarily unblocked, but it would have allowed them to make contact via Messenger.

"While someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience". Also, the bug would have let these individuals re-add friends who had blocked them from their profile.

"We know that the ability to block someone is important", Egan wrote, "and we'd like to apologize and explain what happened". The bug deleted these "associations", which hit the block lists of Facebook and Messenger for some users.

Blocking someone also automatically "unfriends" the person.

Egan acknowledged how serious the bug was, especially for users who blocked possibly invasive people. Affected users, nevertheless, are going to get a notification encouraging them to review their blocked list.

Facebook says the bug is now fixed, all previously blocked users are now blocked again, and those affected will be hearing from Facebook with an encouragement to check their block list.

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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