Privacy, Data Security

Twitter: Circles tweet leaks due to security incident

Twitter has disclosed having been impacted by a security incident earlier this year that has exposed tweets published using the Circle feature, which enables the posting of tweets to an exclusive list of followers, to other users outside the Circle, The Guardian reports. "Twitter is committed to protecting the privacy of the people who use our service, and we understand the risks that an incident like this can introduce and we deeply regret this happened," said the company, which has already addressed the breach but has not commented on similar concerns surrounding private Twitter accounts. Such a statement comes after weeks of reports from users stating that Circle tweets have been receiving likes and views from accounts that are not a part of their Circle, as well as serves as the company's first acknowledgment of the issue after initial requests for comment have been returned with a poo emoji, which has happened since the platform experienced significant layoffs following the ownership of Elon Musk.

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