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Twitter hit by bug

05-12-2010 08:56 BJT

BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Twitter has been hit by a bug that left users, including many celebrities, with no “followers”.

The bug, believed to have been started by a user called Bora K?rca in Turkey, caused millions of users’ accounts around the world to temporarily lose the list of people who followed them on the social networking site.

The glitch, which was fixed late on Monday, allowed any Twitter user to force another to follow them without permission. Normally, the other person has to initiate such a "following".

Countless numbers of high profile users and celebrities of the Internet site were affected including Oprah Winfrey, the talk show host, Justin Bieber, the Canadian teenage pop star, and Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.

Twitter's efforts to close the hole briefly left a number of users with zero followers although the delivery of messages did not appear to have been affected. It also left many of the site’s users being bombarded by “spammers” and unsavoury users. It's unclear how long the flaw existed and how many people took advantage of it.

Gizmodo, a popular technology blog, broke news of the bug before later publishing details about the bug. "Follow this dead-simple guide to force any Twitter user – from Oprah (Winfrey) to (Ashton) Kutcher – to follow you. No, seriously," said It said the bug was discovered by a Turkish Twitter user who "figured out accidentally that if you tweet 'accept username,' for example billgates, then Bill Gates will follow you."

"For hours, thousands of people were able to take control of other people's Twitter accounts with a trick so easy that even the newest Twitterer could execute it," Gizmodo said.

Justin Bieber tweeted earlier on Monday, “So I woke up here in LA and Twitter has been hacked. Turns out I am no longer popular." Later he posted another message in which he said, “Hackers, I send a warning ... u have now p***** off over 2 million teenage girls. They are more dangerous than Navy Seals.”

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