Facebook temporarily blocked a link from the British newspaper The Guardian about the failure that reached 50 million users. A news from Associated Press on the attack was also barred. Both spread quickly and the social media system thought they were spam; they are already released. Other media outlets were not affected.
I tried to publish the news of Guardian on my profile, via the web, but I came across the following error message: “Our security systems have detected that many people are posting the same content, which could indicate spam. Try another publication ”.
I did the experiment with links from other vehicles, including New York Times, The Verge, G1 and himself Tecnoblog, but I found no problems. A few minutes later, the Guardian It was released.
The blockade also occurred on the iPhone and other countries. In one case, Facebook even removed a post with the link, saying “it looks like spam to us”.
Facebook blocks sharing Guardian story that reports massive data breach. pic.twitter.com/oO8KEY3qlQ
– Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) September 28, 2018
Facebook will be replaced. pic.twitter.com/lyoaWhcmJO
– Certified Lover Bjorn (@bjorn) September 28, 2018
A news from AP was also affected:
– 14th Amendment, Section 3 (@ominousrabbit) September 28, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg talked about hacking but did not apologize
It would be easy to accuse the social network of censoring the news, but it is worth remembering that the person who confirmed the invasion was Facebook itself. The news from Guardian is based in the Facebook statement.
In addition, Mark Zuckerberg posted a post in his profile repeating the main points of the statement: the security breach was corrected; the access tokens of 90 million people were invalidated, requiring a new login; and the vulnerable feature (“See how”) has been temporarily disabled.
There is, however, a notable difference: Zuckerberg did not apologize – you will not find the word “sorry” in his post. In the meantime, Vice President Guy Rosen writes in the statement: “People’s privacy and security are extremely important, and we apologize for this.”
Facebook discovered last Tuesday (25) that it was hacked. Hackers used a vulnerability in the “See how” feature, which allows them to know how their profile will be displayed to others. The company still does not know if there was a data leak.
50 million accounts have been affected, and their access tokens have been revoked. As a precaution, the social network also invalidated the tokens of over 40 million people, reaching a total of 90 million users. Everyone needed to sign in again on their devices.