Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Facebook bug quietly unblocked more than 800,000 blocked users

Facebook Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people from 800,000+ block lists
Emmett Howard | 03 July, 2018, 15:44

Starting today we are notifying over 800,000 users about a bug in Facebook and Messenger that unblocked some people they had blocked.

If you block someone on Facebook, they can no longer see things you post, start a chat on Messenger, or add you as a friend.

Responding to Facebook's blog, TechCrunch's Josh Constine said in a tweet that the block bug would further shake the confidence of stalking and abuse victims who trust the platform.

The bug didn't reinstate any previously severed friend connections, Facebook says, and 83% of users the bug affected had only one previously blocked person temporarily unblocked. The bug deleted these "associations", which hit the block lists of Facebook and Messenger for some users.

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Apparently, the bug did not cause unblocked users to become friend with the users who had blocked them even if they were friends before getting blocked.

While the social media giant claims that no friendships that were previously ended had been reestablished, the bug did allow posts to be shared with "a wider audience". Affected users, nevertheless, are going to get a notification encouraging them to review their blocked list.

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. From wanting to "take a break from someone posting content they find annoying" to more serious reasons like harassment and bullying, the blocking feature is deeply important to making Facebook a safe and secure place for its users.

It's not on the scale of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Facebook once again has egg on its face thanks to a privacy problem.

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