Twitter Hacked? Twitter Bug?
Twitter Hacked? Twitter Bug? – Engineers from Twitter reset millions of user profiles today, leading some to speculate that the inner workings of the popular social networking platform had been breached by hackers. Early on in the day there was no word as to why the accounts were reset, and speculation around the Internet continued to point toward a consensus that the deleted profiles could not have been Twitter’s doing. However, according to a statement that was released on the official Twitter blog, the profiles were reset as the engineers attempted to deal with a bug that reportedly forced users to follow other users.
“We’re now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place,” a Twitter representative said just before Twitter reset millions of accounts.
The bug does appear to be fixed, and all of the legitimate followers and settings on the affected accounts have been restored to their previous state. For awhile, the account disruption had caused an uproar on Twitter and other social networking websites. “Twitter Hacked,” topped the Google Trends list for a good portion of the day.
“We will all remember today! The day Twitter exploded,” said popular rumor-mill blogger Perez Hilton.
“What we really see with social networking is that for any given tool, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or any other site, there is a hard core of very active users who care a lot about any problems, changes, or interruptions,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Grabriel Consulting Group. “These people are very vocal and opinionated – passionate, in other words.”
Twitter is one of the most visited websites on the Internet, and has had its fair share of problems over the course of the last few years.*Sponsored Links*