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Asiad Games Cross 400k Mentions on Twitter

Twitter was buzzing with chatter around the Asian Games.

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Social media giant Twitter recorded over 400,000 tweets as Indian athletes led by wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat began India’s medal rush, by clinching gold medals at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.

Besides the grapplers, Indian shooters Deepak Kumar and Lakhsya Sheoran on Monday bagged silver medals in their respective categories while Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar bagged a bronze on the opening day of the competitions on Sunday.

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According to a statement from Twitter, fans in India took to the social media site to celebrate the flurry of medals.

“Twitter was buzzing with chatter around the Asian Games courtesy golds for Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, silver for Deepak Kumar, and bronze for Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar. Conversation numbers soared past the 400k mark with regards to tweets related to Team India at the Asian Games 2018, showing once again that live sport happens on Twitter,” the statement said.

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The Indian contingent caught the eye of some notable figures from the country, including batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.( IANS)

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Twitter Gets a Bug And Releases DM’s of 3 Mn Users To a Third Party Application

Twitter said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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. (IANS)

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