A Twitter bug may have sent some people’s direct messages to developers who weren’t supposed to get them, the company said Friday.

Twitter said it discovered the bug in its Account Activity API (AAAPI), which lets registered developers build tools to help businesses communicate with customers. Users who interacted with accounts or businesses that relied on developers using the AAAPI may’ve had their direct messages or protected tweets sent to the wrong people. For example, a direct message to an airline about lost bags may’ve been accidentally sent to the wrong recipient.

In a statement, Twitter said it was “very sorry this happened.”

The issue began last May. Twitter said it issued a fix when it discovered the problem on Sept. 10, 2018. The bug affected less than 1 percent of users, the company said.

“Any party that may have received unintended information was a developer registered through our developer program, which we have significantly expanded in recent months to prevent abuse and misuse of data,” Twitter said in a statement.

The company said it’ll contact people directly through an in-app notice and on Twitter’s site if their account was affected by the bug.

Some Twitter users got messages like this about a bug that may have sent their DMs to the wrong recipient.
Some Twitter users got messages like this about a bug that may have sent their DMs to the wrong recipient.

Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Some users tweeted screenshots of the notifications they’d received from Twitter.

“Sorry, what ?! My DMs may have been sent to developers for a more than a year??” Mashable reporter Karissa Bell tweeted.

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