Bug causes havoc on Facebook as accounts are disabled

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Has your Facebook account been inexplicably disabled?

It seems you are not alone.

Facebook has confirmed that a bug hit its systems hard earlier today, disabling a number of accounts belonging – it appears – to female users.

Frustrated Facebook devotees turned to the only platform they had – Twitter – to vent their annoyance at not being able to log into their account. What was interesting is that all of the reports appeared to be from women or – in a few cases – men mentioning the problem on behalf of female friends and partners.

Reportedly many of the complaints against Facebook users were that they were using an “inauthentic” name, and they were asked to upload a government-issued ID (such as a passport), ensuring that their full name, date of birth, and photograph were clear…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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