SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter users were surprised to find their passwords reset by the company Wednesday night and Thursday morning, which the company said in emails to the affected accounts was due to passwords being compromised. The microblogging service admitted in a statement Thursday morning that it had mistakenly reset too many accounts, however.
"In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused," the San Francisco company said in a statement on its website Thursday.
An unknown number of accounts were affected, but several journalists reported receiving emails, including at least two at Bay Area News Group. Other users reported on their Twitter accounts that they had been forced to enter a new password to access the service Thursday morning.
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