Teen’s Facebook typo leads to stranger receiving thousands of unwelcome messages

02/05/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

North Carolina – A teen’s typing error led to a stranger receiving thousands of her messages on Facebook. As reported by Forbes, Wake Forest grad student Kristal McKenzie was inundated with 14,000 unwelcome messages meant for a teen named Katya who appeared to be living in Mexico.

The messages were reportedly received by McKenzie over the course of 9 months. A spokesperson for Facebook is quoted as stating of the issue, “When we looked at what happened, we found that in extremely rare circumstances, the link at the bottom of emails that people use to report messages that aren’t addressed to them wasn’t working correctly.

“This could have occurred only in the situation where someone registered their Facebook account with a mistyped email address, didn’t confirm it, and then successfully confirmed a contact phone number. We are fixing this to ensure it can’t happen again.”

McKenzie, who said she had problems notifying the social networking site of the issue, is quoted as stating, “The tech companies assure us they’re concerned about privacy yet there was no way for me to notify Facebook about this… She’s a teenager. I didn’t want to be privy to what’s going on in her life.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – North Carolina Technology News.

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