Twitter just admitted that the social network accidentally revealed some Android users’ protected tweets to the public for more than 4 years — a kind of privacy blunder that you’d typically expect from Facebook.
When you sign up for Twitter, all your Tweets are public by default, allowing anyone to view and interact with your Tweets. Fortunately, Twitter also gives you control of your information, allowing you to choose if you want to keep your Tweets protected.
Enabling “Protect your Tweets” setting makes your tweets private, and you’ll receive a request whenever new people want to follow you, which you can approve or deny. It’s just similar to private Facebook updates that limit your information to your friends only.
In a post on its Help Centre on Thursday, Twitter disclosed a privacy bug dating back to November 3, 2014, potentially caused the Twitter for Android app to disable the “Protect your Tweets” setting for users without their knowledge, making their private tweets visible to the public.
The bug only got triggered for those Android users who made changes to their Twitter account settings, such as changing their email address or phone number associated with their account, using the Android app between November 3, 2014, and January 14, 2019.
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