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Twitter working on fix for 'misdirected' tweets

The microblogging service says it is looking into a problem causing users to see tweets in their timelines that don't seem intended for them.

Twitter is working on a fix for a problem that has caused some of its users to receive tweets in their timelines that were meant for other parties, the company announced on its status page Wednesday.

The issue started earlier this week, when Twitter received some reports from users saying that tweets were cropping up in their timelines that didn't seem intended for them. Twitter asked for help from users on Tuesday on its Known Issues page. The company requested that users experiencing the tweet misdirection issue include their username, the "stranger's" username, and a link to the stranger's tweet.

A look at some of the issues users are having. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

The issue seems rather widespread. The post is littered with comments left by users that have been affected by the problem. Even those with protected accounts have received misdirected tweets.

For now, Twitter has yet to find a solution to the problem. The company wrote a quick entry on its status blog on Wednesday, saying "some users are seeing tweets (that aren't retweets) from users they do not follow." It pointed users to the Twitter issues page and said it is "working on fixing the underlying cause."

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If you're experiencing the misdirected-tweet problem, you can let Twitter know here.

We'll update this space as we learn more.