If you are one of those who spend a considerable amount of time on Twitter using your Android app, there is an important announcement from the company. In a latest report, Twitter has warned all users who use its Android app to update to the latest version. The company says that only the latest version can protect a user from a vulnerability that could leak private information and control of the account. This issue has now been patched but updating to the latest version is necessary, said the microblogging platform on Friday.
“Prior to the fix, through a complicated process involving the insertion of malicious code into restricted storage areas of the Twitter app, it may have been possible for a bad actor to access information (e.g., Direct Messages, protected Tweets, location information) from the app,” said the company while talking about the specific vulnerability. The company added that, while it does not believe the code was compromised, it wants to take some precautionary action by asking users to update to the latest version of its Android application. It should be noted that the iOS version of Twitter app has not been affected.
“We recommend that people follow these instructions as soon as possible. If you are unsure about what to do, update to the latest version of Twitter for Android. This issue did not impact Twitter for iOS,” said a blog post from Twitter detailing the same issue. Compared to other social media companies, Twitter is very much strict when it comes to user-privacy issues. There have been fewer reports of data theft and vulnerabilities in the history of microblogging platform if compared to, say, Facebook. It is also great that the company has been willing to take precautionary action towards even these slight possibilities of problems.