UPDATE: Twitter is now apologizing for prompting more people than necessary to change their passwords after believing some had been compromised.
In a posting this afternoon, Twitter acknowledged, “We unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised.”
The micro-messaging site said that when it believes an account may have been compromised, “we reset the password and send an email letting the account owner know this has happened along with information about creating a new password. This is a routine part of our processes to protect our users.”
But in this case, Twitter said it had mistakenly reset accounts that didn’t need to be reset. “We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”
EARLIER REPORT: Twitter is alerting an unknown number of users that they should change their passwords because their accounts may have been compromised.
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