Twitter fixes flaw that allowed users to force anyone to follow them

Twitter, the popular short message service experienced a serious flaw that impacted feeds and timelines.  If you tweeted accept @bdsams, you would automatically be added to that persons follow list.

What exactly does this mean?  It means that anyone could force themselves into your “follow” list without your approval.  For a brief period today you no longer had control over whom you will follow or who is posting information to your feeds. 

Spammers and malicious users exploited the flaw by sending direct messages to some of the more popular Twitter users. Actress Felicia Day said "Wow Twitter has a huge bug, I'm now following tons of people, some of whom are trolling me." 

Twitter was quick to act over the flaw. The company issued a status message indicating that the bug was remedied and that protected updates did not become public as a result of the "bug".

Thanks to Neowin user External HDD for the news tip

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Woah, thats some serious flaw, just "tested" it, and now Allesandra Torresani is following me! I think they'll jump and plug this really quicky, as well as remove all those new followings that have been created using the accept command.

How was it discovered?

Guys,
It was posted on a Turkish site and the guy who found it said he had already mailed Twitter. A fix would be on its way but it has been like this for hours. First it was only people from Turkey clogging feeds of people but now the whole world knows.

they have completely removed followers/following features on twitter atm must be something to with - damn wish I knew about this one before they fixed it!

Following new accounts has been disabled, as well as everyone's followers/following numbers set to 0. Guess their working on a fix

"feliciaday
Wow Twitter has a huge bug, I'm now following tons of people, some of whom are trolling me. Guess I'll stay off Twitter until they fix!"

Bless

ammali said,

This made me laugh so hard I snorted xD Nice one.

=D My abuses have all stayed, 2 people removed me outta 15.

And yes, I'm still with Emma Watson!

mammix2 said,
Must admit, i tried it out of curiosity, Now Tom Jones is following me :-D

I got Conan, Microsoft & CNN.. I just had to try it

Twitter said they are following back the changes, so some people may lose some legitimate follows, while everyone who was exploited, like Oprah, CNN, Conan, will all be restored to normal.

Andrew Lyle said,
Twitter said they are following back the changes, so some people may lose some legitimate follows, while everyone who was exploited, like Oprah, CNN, Conan, will all be restored to normal.

Yeah twitter only cares about the big people... FAIL

Do you think they simply changed it to a more ambiguous word rather than "accept"? Hrm... something to ponder.

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