Api error Twitter caused the message to end up with the wrong recipient




Twitter has reported an error in his api, so that Direct Messages from users may have ended up at the wrong recipient. Twitter does not know if actual messages were delivered error, and only a small number of users would be affected.

It concerns the so-called Account Activity API, which can be used by developers to measure activities around a user account. Earlier this month, Twitter discovered that there is an error in the api that could cause messages from users sent to an organization using this api to be sent to another organization. This can for example be an account of a company.

Meanwhile, Twitter repaired the bug, after which the company explained the problems behind the social networking site on its help pages. It turns out that the error in the api was in the software from May last year. After the discovery, Twitter was able to get the error out within a few hours.

By the way, Twitter does not know for sure if Direct Messages from users have actually ended up with the wrong developer, but the company can not exclude it. The company speaks of a number of specific circumstances in which the bug can occur, so the chance of incorrect delivery would be small. The investigation into the bug is still ongoing, which may later provide information about how many messages were delivered incorrectly.

Approximately one percent of Twitter users would have faced the bug; that’s about 3 million people. They have received a notification that their account may have been the victim of incorrect delivery of a Twitter message.


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