Facebook Engineer Accidentally Blocks Photosharing Site Imgur, Engineer Apologises

Posted on Jul 17 2012 - 6:28am by Editorial Staff

You often heard about ice on fire, but if you want to see one such example in real life, check this what Facebook engineer accidentally does yesterday?  The social giant accidentally blocked each and every image from imgur, the popular photo sharing site, The Next Web reports. The issue had affected the majority of Facebook’s 910 million plus users. But what called to be as good move, the engineer from Facebook who is responsible for creating this mess apologises in true Reddit fashion with an explanation and a dog wearing cloth picture.

Here’s the full confession from ‘Fisherrider’, aka Matt Jones at Facebook:

Hey folks – so this is actually my fault. Literally, I’m the guy who accidentally blocked imgur for a brief period of time today. I’m really sorry.

Some background: I’m an engineer who works on the system we use for catching malicious URLs. In the process of dealing with a bad URL that our automated defenses didn’t catch, I ran into a rare bug that caused us to incorrectly block some legitimate URLs for a brief time. Right after I figured that out and removed the bad data, I reworked the UI so no one will get bit by the same issue in the future.

As a form of apology that I’m sure is insufficient, here is a picture of my dog dressed up for the 4th of July: http://imgur.com/pR4mR.

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