Facebook Bug Unblocks People on 800K+ Accounts

Gerardo Harmon
July 4, 2018

Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, wrote to let the over 800,000 affected users know that people from their blocked list could have seen their posts when the bug was active from May 29 to June 5.

Might have allowed someone to contact people on Facebook Messenger who had previously blocked them.

Facebook is now in the process of sending out notifications and messages to the people who had someone removed from their blocked list.

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When Mashable reached out for more information on the bug, a Facebook representative informed us that the bug was random and global, affecting users from all over. Chinese phone maker Huawei said Wednesday, June 6, that it has never collected or stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers.

Facebook shut down Paper, a stand-alone iOS app that was part News Feed, part newsreader, in 2016, two years after its launch. Blocking also automatically unfriends them if you were previously friends. By Facebook's own admission: "There are many reasons why people block another person on Facebook".

"Their relationship may have changed or they may want to take a break from someone posting content they find annoying".

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Facebook says the bug didn't re-add friends who you've unfriended, and the vast majority (83 percent) of people affected by the bug only had a single person temporarily unblocked.

Facebook confirmed that a bug has temporarily unblocked some users from the blocked lists of around 800,000 users.

Facebook has been struggling with privacy issues since the Cambridge Analytica data scandal broke in March.

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