A Twitter bug resulted in exposing private tweets of some Android users for 5 years

If you are a user of Twitter from your Android phone anytime since 2014, you might want to re-check your settings.

Twitter announced it on their Help Center page today that some Android users had their private tweets exposed for years because of a security bug.

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[Source: KnowTechie]
This issue resulted in Twitter for Android app to disable the “Protect your Tweets” setting for few Android users who made some changes to their account settings, such as changing the email address associated with their account, between November 3rd, 2014 and January 14th, 2019.

The bug didn’t affect people using Twitter on iOS or desktop.

Twitter said it has told the users who it knows has been affected by the bug, but the company suggests users who want to keep their tweets private again check their settings to make sure the “Protect your Tweets” is enabled.

Twitter is already under investigation from Ireland’s Data Protection Commission for failing to fulfill a request to provide tracking data collected through the company’s link shortening service t.co.

DPC head of communications Graham X. Doyle told:

“The DPC opened a statutory inquiry in late 2018 into Twitter’s obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to implement technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes following the receipt of a number of breach notifications from the company since May 25, 2018. This inquiry is ongoing.”

Since last year, social platforms have suffered a lot of security issues and now this. It creates a lot of questions for the common people that should they really trust social media platform with their information. Perhaps, not!

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