Facebook says bug changed block settings on up to 800K accounts

Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people from 800,000+ block lists		
		
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Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people from 800,000+ block lists Greg Kumparak @ 8 hours

In any case, starting today, anyone who was affected by this bug is being sent out a notification by the company, as can be viewed in the picture above. About 83% of those Facebook users had one person they blocked essentially unblocked by the bug, while 17% had more than one blocked person unblocked during that time period, the social network said.

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"We'd like to apologize and explain what happened". The bug deleted these "associations", which hit the block lists of Facebook and Messenger for some users. Blocking also removes the user from one's friend list if they were friends earlier on the platform. The company has started notifying users of the glitch on Monday, July 2, it announced in a post, adding that it has been fixed, and everyone has been blocked once again. 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. While the person who was unblocked by this bug could not see content users shared with their friends, they could have seen things that were posted to a wider audience. In addition, by blocking someone who was previously a friend, you automatically unfriend them.

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"Most visible user data on FB is stored in pairs called 'associations, ' which control what posts people see and the actions they can take".

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The software bug did not restore any severed friend connections at the social network, but someone who was blocked could have been able to reach out to a blocker on Messenger, according to Facebook. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, which unfolded in March, affected more than 8.7 crore users.

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