After a security incident at Twitter, many shielded tweets suddenly became visible to a wider audience.
Last weekend, Twitter suffered a security incident. However, nothing can be found about the incident on official support channels and Twitter accounts. Only affected users were notified via an email that The Guardian, among others, could view. In it, Twitter indicates that some protected Tweets could be seen by everyone.
Twitter has a function, called Twitter Circles, with which you can shield certain tweets and only show them to a self-compiled list of followers. In this way, users can also use their Twitter account for more personal matters, without sharing everything with the outside world.
At least that is the intention. The function would have been showing holes for several weeks, with messages still becoming visible to other people. Several Twitter users would have written to the platform because they received likes and views on tweets that were supposed to be invisible.
In an email to affected users, the platform now reports that the problem has been identified and has now been resolved. Tweets that previously appeared in Twitter feeds outside of Circles will immediately disappear there.
What exactly caused the problem is unknown. However, there is a good chance that all kinds of Twitter features are being tinkered with under the hood. Twitter CEO Elon Musk previously believed that Twitter source code “completely rewrittenshould become if the social media website is to continue to run smoothly and efficiently.
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In its response, Twitter says that they regret the incident, but that the platform always respects the privacy of its users.