Facebook announced yesterday that a recent bug affected more than 800,000 users' privacy settings, allowing blocked users on Facebook and Messenger to become unblocked without a user's knowledge or consent. In a blopost, the social media platform confirmed that the bug was in effect between May 29 and June 5, and unblocked some users during the period.
Users on Facebook can "block" others as a way to prevent them from seeing posts or contacting the user on Messenger.
It should be noted that in the week or so this bug remained active, a large majority of users had only a single person from their blocked list temporarily unblocked.
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.
Just a few months after launching Snapchat competitor, Riff, a collaborative video creation app for both iOS and Android users in 2015, Facebook plugged the plug on it.However, the tech giant said that most of the features of the app had been integrated into the main Facebook app and Messenger.
"We know that the ability to block someone is important - and we'd like to apologise".
"This issue has now been fixed and everyone has been blocked again".
Egan acknowledged how serious the bug was, especially for users who blocked possibly invasive people.
"Their relationship may have changed or they may want to take a break from someone posting content they find annoying". "People who were affected will get a notification on Facebook encouraging them to check their blocked list". Blocked users are also unable to send a friend request to the person who blocked them, while blocked friends are unfriended automatically.
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