San Francisco, Sep 22 : A bug in Twitter's platform for third-party app developers exposed some Direct Messages (DMs) from nearly 3 million users to outsiders, the micro-blogging platform has admitted.

The bug ran from May 2017 and within hours of discovering it on September 10, Twitter said it fixed the bug to prevent data from being unintentionally sent to the incorrect developer.

"The bug affected less than 1 per cent of people on Twitter. The bug may have caused some of these interactions to be unintentionally sent to another registered developer," Twitter said in a blog post on Saturday.

"In some cases, this may have included certain DMs or protected tweets, for example a Direct Message with an airline that had authorised an Account Activity API (AAAPI) developer."

The Account Activity API allows registered developers to build tools to better support businesses and their communications with customers on Twitter.

Twitter currently has over 336 million users and one per cent means nearly 3 million of those were affected. If your business authorised a developer using the AAAPI to access your account, the bug may have impacted your activity data in error.

"We're very sorry this happened. If your account was affected by this bug, we will contact you directly through an in-app notice and on twitter.com," said the company.

In May, the micro-blogging platform asked its 336 million users to change their password across its services after it discovered a bug that stored passwords in plain text in an internal system.

Twitter said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data but advised users that they should enter a new password on all services where their current password has been used.


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Deralakatte: Abubakar Haji, popularly known as 'Koti Haji,' passed away at his residence in Deralakatte on Saturday night after a brief illness. He was 82 years old.

Koti Haji, originally from Pilivalachchil in Vitla Kadambu, was a businessman in Hospet, Vijay Nagar, before settling in Deralakatte 22 years ago.

A well-known philanthropist, he founded the Ahal Taqwa Trust, supporting various mosques and madrasas. He was also responsible for building and maintaining a mosque in Deralakatte.

He is survived by his wife, six sons, and a daughter.

Several dignitaries, including Speaker UT Khader, Muslim Jamaat D.K. District Vice President Ali Kunhi Pare, former Belma Panchayat President Yusuf Bava, DCC Vice President TS Abdullah Samanige, and Abusali Haji Kinya, paid their respects.

General Secretary of Shamsul Ulama Darus Salam Academy Wadi Twaiba Kinya, Sirajuddin Alankar, Secretary of the Public Works Department Contractors Association Nisar Ahmed Samani, and District Coordination Committee Chairman Abdul Rahiman Darimi Tabuku, among others, have expressed their condolences.