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Twitter bug sent users’ direct messages to external developers

The Verge Friday, 21 September 2018 ()
Twitter bug sent users’ direct messages to external developersA bug in how Twitter’s platform is accessed by third-party app developers exposed certain direct messages of select users to developers who do not work for Twitter, the company disclosed in a blog post today.

Twitter says the bug was active starting sometime in May of 2017, and Twitter issued a fix within hours of discovering it on September 10th, 2018. It affected less than 1 percent of users, and the direct messages affected were those between users and accounts or businesses that relied on a certain API designed for customer service interactions. Twitter’s example is a direct message with an airline that uses a developer account to access the affected API, which is known as the Account Activity API (AAAPI).

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