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Twitter bug exposed some Android private tweets to public view

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In October, after Twitter refused to give a user information about how it tracks him when he clicks on links in tweets (as is the right of EU citizens under the newly passed, sweeping General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] privacy law), Irish privacy authorities launched an investigation into the platform’s privacy practices.

Things could get hairier still, given the major privacy glitch Twitter disclosed on Thursday.

We’ve become aware of and fixed an issue where the “Protect your Tweets” setting was disabled on Twitter for Androi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) January 17, 2019

Twitter said that it had become aware of a bug that, under certain circumstances, switched private tweets to public view in Twitter for Android. That bug went unnoticed for four years, from 3 November 2014 until last Monday.

The bug disabled the “Protect your Tweets” setting for Android users if certain account changes were made, Twitter said. Namely, Android...(continued)

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