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The bug spooked users for a while.
If you received a flood of bizarre Twitter notifications containing strings of weird numbers and letters on your phone earlier today, you’re not the only one. The good news? It looks like the bug has been fixed now.
Is anyone else getting random Twitter notifications like this? pic.twitter.com/YbXmwibCBP
— Vex King (@VexKing) October 16, 2018
Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a screenshot Tuesday morning saying, “We’re seeing this issue too. On it.” The message came in response to various reports that users had seen jumbled-up mixtures of numbers and letters in their notifications from the social media platform.
We’re seeing this issue too. On it. pic.twitter.com/pzjd6248gJ
— jack (@jack) October 16, 2018
Twitter users, as they’re wont to do, reacted with a mix of jokes and fear.
twitter fixing their servers after they send me 32 d99a3aea4d82473b83ce446e88579d5773c39: 1 notifications pic.twitter.com/zbBb2GCxiY
— loser (@genuineneckass) October 16, 2018
twitter notifications: https://t.co/UCajTJZzpT
— Seth Everman (@SethEverman) October 16, 2018
what is happening with these notifications, twitter is broken again jsksks pic.twitter.com/Q92xsk39Ba
— sabi 10 (@emptywalletscal) October 16, 2018
twitter what the actual fuck????? i thought my phone was literally possessed bc of these cryptic ass unclickable ass creepy ass notifications that r just a bunch of numbers ???? i thought it was code for “ur haunted bitch” oh my GOD stop it
— fer™ (@introjin) October 16, 2018
The issue apparently didn’t take long to be resolved. Dorsey tweeted, “Should be fixed now. Working to understand what happened.”
Should be fixed now. Working to understand why it happened
— jack (@jack) October 16, 2018
Dorsey noted that according to the Twitter team that investigated, the issue was tied to Twitter’s “invisible background notification to the app with badge counts.”
The official Twitter Support account explained the phenomenon with its own post.
“You know those red bubbles that appear when you get notifications? Usually, you wouldn’t see this in numbers and code, but that’s how we talk to your phone so you get those notifications. It’s fixed, we’re good,” read the tweet.
In response, the official verified Twitter account remarked, “Well, that was weird.”
Well, that was weird. https://t.co/2cYhjPclck
— Twitter (@Twitter) October 16, 2018
If you were sitting around concerned all day that your phone was either haunted or trying to send you some sort of coded message, you can breathe easy. It looks like it’s all been handled, and we’ll be able to stave off bowing to our robotic overlords another day … for now.
Brittany Vincent has covered gaming, anime, tech, and entertainment for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s replaying Um Jammer Lammy or Day of the Tentacle for the hundredth time while pining for a Harvester sequel. Find her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.