Journalist had temporary access to Romney campaign’s Storify account

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Like any good community engagement editor, The (Lansdale, Pa.,) Reporter’s Andy Stettler spent his Saturday afternoon signing in to Storify to do some storifying. But after logging in via his Twitter account, Stettler discovered “to my shock I was inside the Storify account of the GOP presidential candidate’s campaign.” He backed out without changing anything, but documented the case using screenshots and (of course) Storify. Storify Co-founder Burt Herman tells me the company jumped right on the problem:

The technical reason behind this was due to an error with caching user tokens on our site, and we have deployed a fix that will resolve the problem. We are also redoing at a deeper level how user authentication works on Storify to ensure we have stronger security. At no time were any user passwords exposed. We take this very seriously and our users should know that their work is secure.


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  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    The only comment from you on this story that I see in our back-end system is this: “Sounds like a steaming pile of crap.” Disqus says that comment was approved, though I don’t see it displaying on the story. I’m not sure why it isn’t displaying, but it had nothing to do with politics. –Julie Moos, Director of Poynter Online

  • Anonymous

    His story is completely and utterly unbelievable. So, next time I log into Storify, I may be inside Kim Jong-un’s Storify account by accident?

  • Anonymous

     I posted a comment to this story the day it was posted on the site, saw it on my laptop and saw the comment on my mobile, and about an hour later, it had been deleted. In the comment, I was skeptical that the journalist’s claim could be true.

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Can you provide me with an example? As far as I know, we only delete comments that are spam (the most common reason) or that violate one of our other guidelines (see http://journ.us/KAIhUO), but political disagreement is not one of them –Julie Moos, Director of Poynter Online

  • Anonymous

    Poynter deletes comments if they get what they think is a whiff of politics they don’t agree with.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a steaming pile of crap. 

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a steaming pile of crap.