Facebook says bug changed block settings on up to 800K accounts

Angelica Greene
July 3, 2018

Facebook says the bug is now fixed, all previously blocked users are now blocked again, and those affected will be hearing from Facebook with an encouragement to check their block list.

The bug would automatically unblock users that you may have blocked on Facebook, meaning they would be able to view some of your posts.

If you are anxious that you would need to again block the Facebook users you had blocked in the past, Facebook says it has taken care of that for you.

According to Facebook's statement on the matter, 83 percent of people affected by this bug had "only" one blocked person temporarily unblocked.

"We know that the ability to block someone is important - and we'd like to apologise and explain what happened".

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Apparently, the bug did not cause unblocked users to become friend with the users who had blocked them even if they were friends before getting blocked.

Egan acknowledged that the issue is a serious one; when you block, you "may want to take a break from someone [but] other reasons are more serious like harassment or bullying", she wrote.

You can get additional information regarding blocking someone on Facebook here.

"While someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience", Egan explains. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, which unfolded in March, affected more than 8.7 crore users. The social networking giant that doesn't consider itself a monopoly has said that a software "bug" unblocked some people who had been blocked by another user.

The bug doesn't appear to have been active for long in the grand scheme of things, but it's yet another example a breach of trust between Facebook and its users.

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