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Twitter finds software privacy bug affecting direct messages

The Twitter app on a smartphone is shown April 26, 2017, in Philadelphia. Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people. But the company says the problem specifically involved direct messages or protected tweets sent to businesses and other accounts overseen by software developers. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
The Twitter app on a smartphone is shown April 26, 2017, in Philadelphia. Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people. But the company says the problem specifically involved direct messages or protected tweets sent to businesses and other accounts overseen by software developers. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Associated Press

NEW YORK – Twitter said it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people.

But the company said the problem specifically involved direct messages or protected tweets sent to businesses and other accounts overseen by software developers.

The issue, which started in May 2017, could in some cases have directed messages to the wrong developer. The company discovered and fixed the flaw on Sept. 10.

Twitter said less than 1 percent of its 335 million users were affected, and notes that it hasn’t seen evidence that any actual messages were misdelivered.

Twitter said it has notified anyone who was affected by the bug.

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