Facebook bug locks womens' accounts

A nasty bug in Facebook's system for detecting and disabling fake accounts developed a sexist streak last last night, leaving thousands of female users disconnected from the social networking service.

Facebook, which has confirmed the bug in a statement to THINQ, claims that the problem occurred in the company's system designed to detect fake Facebook accounts and deactivate them pending review. Unfortunately, changes to the way the system operates made it a bit trigger happy - and, bizarrely, misogynistic.

While the company's spokesman claims that the bug "was live for a very short time [and] caused a very small percentage of Facebook accounts to be mistakenly disabled," it left thousands of predominantly female users disconnected - with some even receiving suspicious e-mails from Facebook support staff asking them to scan and return a form of ID proving their identity.

The spokesperson went on to state that, "upon discovering the bug, we worked immediately to resolve it. It's now been fixed, and we're in the process of reactivating and notifying the people who were affected."

While it's good that the flaw has now been fixed, it'll be a long process for the company to reactivate the accounts of the thousands of women who found themselves cut off from the 500 million strong social network, many of whom turned to alternative sites such as Twitter to make their displeasure known.