Shortly after Facebook’s privacy settings exploit (video) went around the world, a bug has also been found in another social media network; Twitter. While the Twitter bug is not as serious as the Facebook one, it’s still a bug that is related to one of the main features of Twitter – the follow/unfollow system.
Apparently, all it took was for you to write “[email protected][username]” and you would make that user follow you. The bug was only exploitable through Twitter’s web interface and not through 3rd party apps such as TweetDeck etc.
We’re focused on fixing it now (and) hope to know a lot more about the specifics once that’s done.
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. – Twitter
Now that this bug can no longer be exploited, I cannot force you to follow me on Twitter – so I hope that you’ll do it all by yourself 🙂 My Twitter feed can be found on @TechPatio – if you follow me, feel free to @mention me so I can follow you back.