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Twitch may have exposed some users' private messages

A bug caused some messages to appear in others' archives.
Kris Holt, @krisholt
August 17, 2018
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Some Twitch users' private messages may have been exposed due to a bug. The streaming platform killed the messages feature in May, and gave users the chance to download an archive of their private communications.

However, a glitch in the system meant that "a small percentage of user messages were included in the wrong archives," Twitch confirmed to Polygon. The company says it has taken steps to avoid similar situations in the future.

Streamers have expressed concern about the error, as some for instance received messages from giveaway winners containing full names and mailing addresses. Twitch has contacted those who were affected by the bug, but if you're worried that your private communications may have been exposed, you can check the message archive page on the website.

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