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03 July 2018, 03:43 | Jodi Jackson
Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people from 800,000+ block lists
When a user blocks someone on Facebook they can not see things posted by the user, start conversations with the user on Messenger or add as a friend.
Today, the company said it had discovered a bug that, from May 29 to June 5, accidentally unblocked more than 800,000 people that Facebook and Messenger users had blocked.
Facebook is primarily about connecting with other people, but its "block" functionality certainly has its place for avoiding those you don't want to be in touch with for one reason or another.
Facebook has revealed via a blog post that a bug, active between May 29 and June 5, had messed with over 800,000 users' block list over that one-week period, accidentally unblocking people the affected users had previously blocked.
Someone who was unblocked might have been able to contact people on Messenger who had blocked them. Egan stated that the bug did not reinstate friend connections that had been severed and that those who should be blocked have been blocked once again.
People affected by the bug will get notifications encouraging them to check their blocked lists. The company says a bug on its platform reportedly led to random users being removed from some users' block lists. From wanting to "take a break from someone posting content they find annoying" to more serious reasons like harassment and bullying, the blocking feature is deeply important to making Facebook a safe and secure place for its users. Blocked users are also unable to send a friend request to the person who blocked them, while blocked friends are unfriended automatically.
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