It seems that Facebook did it again. Between May 29 and June 5, more than 800,000 Facebook users have been affected by a bug that unblocked users that had previously been blocked on other peoples’ accounts.
The company notified users about this issue yesterday, and it said in a post that the bug has eventually been fixed and everyone was blocked once again.
Facebook says a technical bug triggered the issue
“Starting today, we are notifying over 800,000 users about a bug in Facebook and Messenger that unblocked some people they had blocked. The bug was active between May 29 and June 5 — and while someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience. For example, pictures shared with friends of friends. We know that the ability to block someone is important — and we’d like to apologize and explain what happened,” the post reads.
The post on Facebook continues, saying that “In the case of this bug: It did not reinstate any friend connections that had been severed; 83% of people affected by the bug had only one person they had blocked temporarily unblocked; and Someone who was unblocked might have been able to contact people on Messenger who had blocked them.”
Users are becoming concerned regarding online safety
This bug triggered increased concern regarding users’ online safety.
This blocking tool helps you escape cyber abuse, and a breach is not something that you would want.
Four in ten Americans have experienced online harassment, says that Pew Research Center which ranges from name-calling to physical threats and stalking.
It seems that younger users are more susceptible to such kind of abuse, and young women are exposed to a 50% higher risk to be sexually harassed than men in their age group.
The research also reports that people of color are much more likely to be harassed than white people.