A glitch in Twitch may have exposed streamers' private messages

Prior to the removal of its old Messages feature in May, Twitch enabled streamers to download archives of their messages before they were nuked into nothingness. As reported by Polygon, it didn't go quite as planned, and some messages ended up going to the wrong people. 

"Due to a bug in the code that generated the message archive files, which has since been fixed, a small percentage of user messages were included in the wrong archives," Twitch said in a statement. 

"The primary use case for Messages was promotion; streamers sending out mass communication to subscribers for example, and the majority of messages that were unintentionally provided to another user fall into that category. We have notified users via email and provided them the affected messages for review. Protecting our users’ privacy is important to us and we have taken actions to ensure this kind of error does not happen in the future." 

As far as security breaches go it sounds fairly minor at first: passwords weren't revealed, credit card information wasn't stolen, and people who ended up with private messages intended for other people weren't trying to dig them up for nefarious purposes and so will hopefully either delete them or pass them along to their intended recipients. But it seems certain that some personal information did end up being exposed. 

Twitch didn't say how many messages were misdirected, or how many streamers were affected, but it set up a portal that will tell you if your private comms were among them.  

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.