February 23, 2021
Android Twitter bug

A Bug Infecting Twitter for Android Exposed Users’ Private Tweets since 2014

A recently uncovered Android Twitter bug affected some accounts for a period of up to five years, potentially exposing users’ private tweets…

Twitter has revealed that it found a bug which persisted since 2014 for Android. That’s right — five years — more specifically, between November 2014 and January 2019. 

Android Twitter Bug Exposed Private Tweets for Years

The social microblog explains the bug effectively turned off the “Turn your tweets private” option, after users made other changes to their accounts. For instance, updating their email addresses.

Which means, after Android users turned the private tweet option on, the bug rendered it useless. The bug did not impact iOS users, Twitter says.

“We’ve become aware of an issue in Twitter for Android that disabled the ‘Protect your Tweets’setting if certain account changes were made. You may have been impacted by this issue if you had protected Tweets turned on in your settings, used Twitter for Android, and made certain changes to account settings such as changing the email address associated with your account between November 3, 2014, and January 14, 2019. People on iOS or the web were not impacted. We fixed the issue on January 14, and we’ll provide updates if other important information becomes available.

We’ve informed people we know were affected by this issue and have turned ‘Protect your Tweets’ back on for them if it was disabled. We are providing this broader notice through the Twitter Help Center since we can’t confirm every account that may have been impacted. We encourage you to review your privacy settings to ensure that your ‘Protect your Tweets’ setting reflects your preferences.”

Savannah Marie

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