Twitter Label About Hacked Tweets Has Already Been Hacked
Twitter decided to start labeling some tweets with a warning about materials “obtained through hacking”. However, the story is that the label itself has suffered some compromise.
Twitter puts the label appearing on some news stories that it believes are based on hacks and leaked documents. Now some Twitter users have found an easy way to hack a URL and make it appear on any tweet.
The users are tricking Twitter’s system into displaying the warning by using a specially crafted link to a genuine URL combined with the flagged one. The manipulation tricks Twitter’s card-based system into accidentally flagging tweets with this new label.
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The compromise label works on both web and Twitter’s mobile apps for iOS and Android. It however appears to crash the Android version if you attempt to like a tweet with the compromised label.
Twitter started using warning labels during the last US election cycle in a bid to limit the spread of misinformation. the company faced widespread criticism for blocking links to New York Post stories about Joe Biden’s son. Twitter changed its decision to block links and made a policy to put a warning label instead.
CEO, Jack Dorsey admitted to the move being wrong at the time too. “Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix. Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that,” jack tweeted.
Twitter also uses labels for other purposes like COVID-19 misinformation and former President Trump’s contest of the election.
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