On Sunday, Outlook magazine was left mighty embarrassed when its OSM (Outlook Social Media) app users realised that the app had got access to their Twitter accounts and was sending out tweets in their names.
This was done in the case of users who had earlier used the Outlook app to cast a vote for The Outlook Social Media Awards event.
The organization was widely slammed by Twitter users after the hack was noticed:
if u hav voted for Outlook OSM awards, go to twitter settings and immediately remove access to app named osm-awards by Outlook #SocialFsckup— Tinu Cherian Abraham (@tinucherian) September 11, 2016
Outlook was accused of hacking into people's accounts and not maintaining transparency:
While others questioned the privacy settings of Twitter:
Question is not only that outlook spammed from various TLs. How did @TwitterIndia compromise our privacy and what all can they access??— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) September 11, 2016
Outlook later acknowledged the mistake and was quick to post an apology, blaming a 'hacking' for the incident.
We regret the inconvenience caused! pic.twitter.com/8ttREgR7Nq— OSM Awards (@OsmAwards) September 11, 2016
The organisation says it has fixed the glitch that had caused the problem and assured users that no private data was compromised in the hack.
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