Facebook bug secretly unblocked people you thought you’d blocked


Facebook issued an apology on Monday to more than 800,000 users it says may have been affected by a bug that unblocked people the users had previously blocked. Those who were unblocked could not see content that a user shared with their friends, but they could see "things posted to a wider audience", Facebook said, such as photos shared with friends of friends.

Starting today we are notifying over 800,000 users about a bug in Facebook and Messenger that unblocked some people they had blocked.

This means that if you blocked someone after an abusive or a frustrating incident, they were able to see at least some of your posts.

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Mind you, they couldn't see private posts, or posts you'd only shared with your friends.

"We know that the ability to block someone is important - and we'd like to apologise and explain what happened". In addition, by blocking someone who was previously a friend, you automatically unfriend them. The other 17 percent of users had more than one person unblocked, thanks to the bug. The bug allowed users who'd been blocked on Facebook and Messenger to become unblocked - without those who blocked them knowing about it.

In its original statement, Facebook pointed out why someone might want to block another user. The bug deleted some associations across Facebook and Messenger, and this caused the block settings for the affected users to be lost.

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Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year was grilled by the European Parliament and the US Congress about a massive breach of users' personal data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

For the second time in less than a month, Facebook is having to alert users that their accounts may have been negatively impacted because of a bug.

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