Over 800000 people on Facebook had people on their blocked list unblocked

Nichole VegaJul 04, 2018

Users will be notified if the bug was linked to their accounts and will receive a Facebook notification "encouraging them to check their blocked list", the company said.

The good news is that this glitch didn't last for too long, it was active from May 29 to June 5 of this year but it still affected close to a million people. 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.

"We know that the ability to block someone is important - and we'd like to apologise".

The tech giant started an email service that offered users an @facebook.com address, in November 2010. Also, the bug would have let these individuals re-add friends who had blocked them from their profile.

The post goes on to say block lists should now be working again, but we recommend you check your blocked list right now, just in case.

Blocking someone also automatically "unfriends" the person.

The unblocked users were not able to see content shared with the friends of those they'd been blocked by, and the bug "did not reinstate any friend connections that had been severed".

"Most visible user data on FB is stored in pairs called 'associations, ' which control what posts people see and the actions they can take. Other reasons are more serious like harassment or bullying". (FB) confirmed that a bug "briefly" enabled access to blocked users, allowing them to send unwelcome messages and expose hidden posts and updates of the users who had blocked them, according to CNBC.

Facebook has been struggling with privacy issues since the Cambridge Analytica data scandal broke in March.

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