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Twitter Bug Enabled Forced Following

It was a marketers dream and a marketers nightmare. For a few hours yesterday a weakness in the Twitter platform discovered by a Turkish tweeter provided an absurdly easy way to force others to follow you.  Gizmodo, Mashable and others published the trick and for a few hours it spread like wildfire.

Depending on who you talk to, Twitter either has fixed the bug or is still working to do so. Either way, testing the hack could get your Twitter follower number reduced to zero. Late yesterday Twitter released this announcement:

image from lisarussell.org "We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to "force" other users to follow them. We're now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we're aware and this too should shortly be resolved."


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