TECH NEWS – Twitter couldn’t manage to properly hide the private tweets; on one platform, they weren’t „locked” from the public eye for years.
Twitter reports that they have found a huge security flaw in their system: if the Android users have changed their email address tied to their Twitter account with their profile set to private (meaning only followers are able to see what the account posts), then those „protected” tweets have become public! The Android users were affected between November 2014 and January 2019, which means the security flaw has been present for over four years!
Twitter has switched back the privacy settings to private to the users, and they are issuing a public notice as they weren’t able to confirm the exact number of affected accounts. Every Android user is encouraged to check their privacy settings if they are modified by the flaw or not.
It’s unbelievable how there was such a security flaw in Twitter‘s system for several years unnoticed.