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Twitter Bizarre Notifications Sent Out to Millions on Tuesday

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 October 2018 08:19 AM

Twitter sent out a series of bizarre, nonsensical notifications to millions of its users on Tuesday, prompting a response from CEO Jack Dorsey, Digital Trends reported.

Dorsey posted a screenshot of the bizarre notifications, which contained lines of muddled numbers and letters, and he reassured users that the support team was aware of the issue and working on it.

The strange notifications had many Twitter users confused, with some wondering if they had been hacked.

“I've just got about 10 of those – no joke. Thought I was being hacked,” tweeted Rebecca Stewart, a tech writer for The Drum.

Another user wondered whether the lines of random letters and numbers were some form of secret code.

Within hours the glitch was resolved and the support team posted a tweet attempting to explain the issue.

“You know those red bubbles that appear when you get notifications? Usually, you wouldn’t see this in numbers and code, but that’s how we talk to your phone so you get those notifications,” the post read.

Dorsey further elaborated in his post, explaining that normally an invisible background notification is sent to the app with badge counts of unread notifications and messages, but the issue caused them to become visible.

The support team said they were not sure what had caused the glitch but assured that the problem had been fixed.

Earlier this year, Twitter faced criticism after a glitch caused some of its users passwords to be stored in plain text on its internal computer system.

The social media site later said that an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders, but it urged all users to consider changing their passwords “out of an abundance of caution.”

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Twitter sent out a series of bizarre, nonsensical notifications to millions of its users on Tuesday, prompting a response from CEO Jack Dorsey, Digital Trends reported.
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