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

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

Facebook apologized for the error and is encouraging users to check their blocked lists.

It was active between between 29 May and 5 June and applied to both core Facebook and its Messenger app. However, these unblocked users may have been able to contact someone over Messenger who had them blocked, and public post types that were not marked just for friends may have been made visible.

Facebook has advised those users affected that they didn't have to do anything as the issue has now been rectified.

And, in 83 percent of cases, had only one person they had blocked temporarily unblocked.

Facebook keeps making mistakes that share your info - and this time it's with people you've explicitly blocked.

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It's the second software bug in less than a month that the company has notified users about.

The bug did not reinstate any Facebook friendships, and the majority of those affected only had one person unblocked. The Trump-affiliated firm came under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook to learn about individuals and use it to create an information cocoon to change their perceptions. In addition, by blocking someone who was previously a friend, you automatically unfriend them.

People are blocked for harsher reasons, such as harassment or bullying, Egan added.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year was grilled by the European Parliament and the US Congress about a massive breach of users' personal data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company added that "while someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience".

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