Twitter. Android. Private tweets. Pick two... Account bug unlocked padlocked accounts | 11/3/2014 | Staff
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Twitter has fessed up to a flaw in its Android app that, for more than four years, was making twits' private tweets public. The programming blunder has been fixed.

The 280-character social-experiment-gone-awry admitted on Thursday that a bug dating back to November 3, 2014 potentially changed users' "Protect your Tweets" preference – which hides tweets from public view so they are only seen by followers – to publicly visible when a user's email address or other account settings were changed.

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This is particularly bad news for netizens who opted for protected tweets, because they typically padlock their feeds to avoid potential or real harassment, or consider the contents of their feeds to be sensitive or highly personal in nature.

Twitter wouldn't say exactly how many of its twits had their protected tweets exposed to the world, but if you were running the Twitter for Android app, now is probably a good time to go back over your profile and check...
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