And it appears Twitter is at it again. Or perhaps not at it, as more security flaws have been uncovered on the struggle tech giants social media platform. The company, which has already been under EU investigation for its data-collection issues under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules, is now facing a new privacy investigation for the protected tweets security flaw by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), according to Bloomberg.
The new report claims that an issue was discovered that caused the Twitter for Android app to disable the “Protect your Tweets” setting for some Android users who made changes to their account settings, such as changing the email address associated with their account, between November 3rd, 2014 and January 14th, 2019.
The company has reportedly fixed the issue this week once it became apparent, but considering the high number of people that have likely used the App on a variety on Android device since 2014, it’s unclear exactly how many people may have bene affected by it or even what the impact might be for those users whose privacy settings were violated.
Considering the ongoing EU investigation, this news is not good for Twitter who continues to have its many security flaws uncovered and remind everyone of the dangers of a social media world where everything might not be as protected or private as you hoped. According to the GDPR rules Twitter could face a fine of up to 4% of its annual revenue for failure to enforce proper security practices and considering that the income it generates is dwindling, any amount of revenue it needs to give away is likely to affect the company.
Last Updated: January 18, 2019