This popup is titled "A bug affecting one of our APIs" and states that from May 2017 to September 10th 2018, a a bug in their API may have caused your private direct messages or protected tweets to be sent to Twitter developers who were not authorized to view them.
Members of the Twitteratti began receiving notifications from the social networking website on Friday, that their messages and protected tweets have been exposed for more than a year. They further state that when the bug was detected on September 10th, it was immediately fixed. The biz claimed less than one per cent of its users would be affected, but seeing as Twitter is used by roughly 340 million people a month, you do the math. Twitter now has over 336 million users and one per cent means almost 3 million of those were affected.
The company did not say precisely how many users it had notified, but said in a statement it amounted to fewer than 1% of its total users.More news: Jane Fonda Hates The Reason She Got Plastic Surgery
If you interacted with an account on the platform that utilized Twitter's Account Activity API (AAAPI), there is the chance that your interaction was shared with an unrelated developer. The company said it patched the flaw "within hours of discovering it".
If your business authorised a developer using the AAAPI to access your account, the bug may have impacted your activity data in error.
The bug only involves your messages and interactions with companies that use Twitter "for things like customer service" - not all your DMs, the company said. At the same time, the company is working with developers to ensure they delete any information they shouldn't have.More news: China blocks Twitch game-streaming service
Those users that were affected by the bug will be contacted directly by Twitter staff, it said, adding that the investigation into the issue was ongoing.
According to Twitter, the coding blunder in its webhook system required a very specific set of circumstances to trigger. "We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day".More news: Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina