Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Facebook bug quietly unblocked more than 800,000 blocked users

Facebook bug quietly unblocked more than 800,000 blocked users

Starting today we are notifying over 800,000 users about a bug in Facebook and Messenger that unblocked some people they had blocked. According to the company, visible Facebook user data is stored in pairs called "associations".

Blocking someone on Facebook automatically unfriends them and prevents them from such actions as adding you as friend, sending you a message on Messenger, and seeing posts on your profile.

Facebook has just disclosed that around 800,000 users were impacted by a bug that silently unblocked "some" people they had blocked.

Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan in today's blog post explained the new bug was active between May 29 and June 5. They would also have been able to send messages to the user, something a blocked person usually cannot do.

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Facebook is primarily about connecting with other people, but its "block" functionality certainly has its place for avoiding those you don't want to be in touch with for one reason or another.

The company said the issue has been fixed and the bug has been eliminated. Users affected by the bug should expect to see a notification asking them to go over go over their blocked list.

"We know that the ability to block someone is important, and we'd like to apologise", Egan said. Egan stated that the bug did not reinstate friend connections that had been severed and that those who should be blocked have been blocked once again. To be sure, the company's transparency and clear communication on this latest one is admirable, but you can see how it adds up to death by a thousand cuts if Facebook can't somehow turn things around when it comes to public perception.

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