Facebook swats bug that disabled accounts

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 13:25

Washington: Facebook said a bug in a system designed to detect fake profiles had disabled a number of legitimate accounts on the social network.

Facebook did not say how many accounts were disabled by the bug, which primarily affected women`s accounts, according to technology blogs.

"Earlier today, we discovered a bug in a system designed to detect and disable likely fake accounts," a Facebook spokesman said on Tuesday.

"The bug, which was live for a short period of time, caused a very small percentage of Facebook accounts to be mistakenly disabled," the spokesman said in a statement.

"Upon discovering the bug, we immediately worked to resolve it," he said. "It`s now been fixed, and we`re in the process of reactivating and notifying the people who were affected."

Facebook has more than 500 million members around the world.

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First Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 13:25
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