Twitter acknowledges a bug that made public tweets from Circle private
Tweets accepted to Twitter Circles were made public, Twitter acknowledged, due to a security breach. The microblogging service has stated that the security issue has been resolved.
In August of 2022, Twitter introduced a new feature called Twitter Circle, which allowed users to send protected messages to a small group of people. Twitter, owned by Elon Musk, has recently allowed public announcement accounts, such as those providing weather alerts, transportation updates, and emergency notifications, free access to its API.
According to Bleeping Computer, Twitter users first started sounding the alarm that tweets sent to Circles were no longer secret on April 7, 2023. Users of Circles have claimed their tweets have been liked and viewed by users of other social media platforms.
The platform explained that it had looked into what had caused the problem and fixed it. However, the report did not explain what led to the security breach.
“In April 2023, a security incident may have allowed users outside of your Twitter Circle to see tweets that should have otherwise been limited to the Circle to which you were posting. This issue was identified by our security team and immediately fixed so that these tweets were no longer visible outside of your Circle,” Twitter informed its users.