A Twitter API bug discovered earlier this month could have enabled unauthorised third-party developers to access your data. But don’t worry – Twitter fixed it.
Some of your data – including direct messages on Twitter – may have been accessed by unauthorised developers, and you will only know whether this could have happened or not if you received a notification about it.
The good news is, according to Twitter, that the “bug affected less than 1% of people on Twitter in an API that may have shared certain account interactions.” And what “account interactions?” you might ask.
Well, luckily the problem only involved “potential interactions or Direct Messages you have had with companies using Twitter for things like customer service.” You other DMs are safe.
For those who received notifications today, this only involves potential interactions or Direct Messages you have have had with companies using Twitter for things like customer service. Your other DMs are not involved at all.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 21, 2018
Also, we’d like to emphasise the possibility that Twitter doesn’t actually know whether someone saw your data. The company is letting anyone it thinks might be affected know – just in case. It also doesn’t have any evidence that any data was used in any way.
If you mess up, it’s better to be open about it, right? In this post-Cambridge Analytica social media environment, it’s probably best to.
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