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Code error allowed access to Facebook and Twitter user data



Code error allowed access to Facebook and Twitter user data


Facebook and Twitter reported the finding and will communicate with those affected to inform them that their data could have been exposed.

A code error allowed developers of applications downloaded through the virtual store Google Play access the personal data of hundreds of Facebook and Twitter users, the companies reported this Monday.

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The bug was in the “One Audience” software developer “package” and allowed those who created applications to access user information such as email addresses, usernames and shared content.

Facebook and Twitter reported the finding in separate statements and said they were aware that there are “hundreds of affected“, with whom the companies will contact to inform them that their data could have been exposed without their explicit consent.

Although the information that was exposed was that contained in social networks, the error in this case would not have been the fault of Facebook and Twitter, rather, One Audience and its tools for software development.

“Although we have no evidence to suggest that this error was used to take control of a Twitter account, it is possible that this could have happened “, they indicated from the company that runs Jack Dorsey.

User data could have been exposed after a user used their Facebook or Twitter account to register for any of the applications downloaded through Google Play and created through One Audience.

In that case, it would be the developers of these applications -and not Facebook, Twitter or One Audience- who would have been able to access the personal data of Internet users.

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Although the companies that own social networks avoided mentioning specific applications, US media pointed out that at least two of those affected could be the photo editing programs Giant Square and Photofy.

“Following investigation, we have removed the applications from our platform for violating the use policies and we have issued orders for the termination of the activity to One Audience and Mobiburn“, they pointed from Facebook.

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