A week after social network Facebook was plagued by a major bug, Twitter has announced it too has suffered a glitch.
The bug enabled users to force others into following them and allowed spammers to send tweets to others' accounts without their prior consent.
Several users forced celebrities, including Lady Gaga, to follow them by typing 'accept' and the Twitter handle of the celebrity user they wanted to be followed by.
Twitter responded as soon as the bug was made known, resetting accounts so that users saw all of their followers temporarily disappear while the fault was fixed.
A post on the Twitter blog later announced that the micro-blogging giant had rectified the issue.
Fortunately the bug only affected the primary site, rather than third-party collaborations such as Tweetdeck, which would have made resolving the issue much more difficult.