Facebook confirmed that a bug has temporarily unblocked some users from the blocked lists of around 800,000 users. Chinese phone maker Huawei said Wednesday, June 6, that it has never collected or stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers.
Blocking someone on Facebook prevents them from seeing posts in a blocker's profile; connecting as a friend, or starting Messenger conversations.
Facebook has advised those users affected that they didn't have to do anything as the issue has now been rectified. When you block someone on Facebook you also unfriend them (presuming you were friends in the first place).
Facebook apologized for the bug and said it has been fixed.
It is worth noting here that this is the second software glitch Facebook has revealed in less than a month. The Trump-affiliated firm came under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook to learn about individuals and use it to create an information cocoon to change their perceptions.
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The bug didn't reinstate any previously severed friend connections, Facebook says, and 83% of users the bug affected had only one previously blocked person temporarily unblocked.
While it was active between May 29 and June 5, the bug allowed unblocked users to contact the people who blocked them through Messenger.
Blocking someone also automatically "unfriends" the person. The issue affected more than 800,000 users on the platform.
It's not on the scale of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Facebook once again has egg on its face thanks to a privacy problem.