Twitter bug affects many 'verified' accounts
Twitter has got a new bug that seems to be particularly celebrity bitten. According to a news report in Techcrunch that has been confirmed by Twitter, "Apparently, for some verified accounts, avatars were swapped out with other random users'." An account's verified status indicates that it belongs to the concerned celebrity rather than fans or impostors.
Responding to the bug report Twitter replied on its support forum, "We're investigating an issue with background images and profile photos on @verified accounts. We'll get this resolved ASAP." Adding, "We have temporarily disabled profile settings changes for all users. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you for bearing with us."
The last tweet on Twitter's support forum, posted four hours ago, said: "We're actively looking into it and will fix this issue ASAP, very sorry for the trouble."
Greeted with the unexpectedly changed profile pictures and background images, the affected users were further shocked to find that the 'Verified' status of their Twitter accounts had been revoked as well.
This morning, we at TOI were surprised to find that our display image on our Twitter account had been changed. When we tried clicking on the 'View' my profile page link, we got this message: "Twitter is stressing out a bit right now, so this feature is temporarily disabled". Though The Times of India account is a verified account, we also saw a message asking us to get verified. Interestingly, we were able to send tweets.
Among Indian celebs, Shahrukh Khan, Gul Panag, Ken Ghosh and Shahid Kapur hold verified accounts, but their accounts have not been affected.