Imagine receiving a message from a person in Facebook you blocked years ago. If it sounds like something new to you, you’re lucky enough for not being one of those 800,000 users. Facebook just revealed that a bug had messed with over 800,000 users, accidentally unblocking people the victims had previously blocked.
In a blog post, Facebook’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan said the bug was active between May 29th and June 5th. Although it didn’t re-establish friendships that were previously ended, it allowed the unblocked persons to view posts that were shared with a wider audience. And as Egan confirmed, the unblocked users could send messages via Messenger to people who presumably didn’t want to interact with them at all.
Well, Facebook has fixed the bug and has blocked everyone those were temporarily unblocked. Besides, the social media will send a notification to the affected people to check their block list.
800,000 may sound like a tiny portion of the 2.2 billion Facebook user base, it’s still quite alarming. Most of us block people in order to avoid abuse, bullying, and any kind of online harassment.
“We know that the ability to block someone is important – and we’d like to apologize and explain what happened,” Egan said.
Well, it’s highly admirable that Facebook is being apologetic and has publicly revealed everything. However, the company is still facing the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica scandal. And, with the accusation of sharing users’ data, and leaking developers reports to testers, users have already found it difficult to put their trust on Facebook. The latest one is just another hit on the company’s already – tarnished public reputation.