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Someone else's name is showing up as a saved login user name on Twitter.com - Firefox only

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I use Firefox (94.0.2) on a Macbook Pro (using MacOS 11.6.1) and went to log in to Twitter this evening and had a strange result. I only occasionally view Twitter using my laptop and I use my email address and a password to log in. When I clicked in the field that reads "Phone, user name or email" I expected to see the Firefox autofill to show my email address, but instead it shows the name "Farha Hussain" (see screenshot image).

I checked my Firefox preferences for Saved Logins and I have my email address and password for Twitter saved there, but no mention of Farha Hussain (my name is Keith). I tried other websites to see if I could recreate the issue and couldn't. I visited the Twitter login form using Chrome and Safari and neither suggested Farha Hussain as a user name, so I think that this is something specific to Firefox on the Twitter website.

To make this an even more unusual situation, the only "Farha Hussain" that I know is a doctor in my city who I have been meaning to contact to see if she is accepting patients, but haven't yet done so. Her name is in my Mac Calendar and that's the only place I can think of on my computer (not in contacts or anywhere else). How this would be connected to a Twitter login is beyond my understanding.

Let me know if you would like additional information or screenshots.

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

The strange issue persisted for a few days after I wrote last, but now seems to be resolved as Farha's name no longer appears. I'm not sure if this issue was resolved by Mozilla or by Twitter.

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I've tried uploading the screenshot as a .png and as a .jpg file (both relatively small file sizes) but I just get a spinning icon and "Uploading..." message. I restarted Firefox and the computer and neither seems to have made it possible to upload the screenshot.

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Tried uploading image again today and it seems to be allowing it now. Thanks for any advice on what might be causing this strange issue.

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

The strange issue persisted for a few days after I wrote last, but now seems to be resolved as Farha's name no longer appears. I'm not sure if this issue was resolved by Mozilla or by Twitter.

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Note that this is not saved login name as that would have a key symbol in front, but possibly saved form data or maybe provided by the website.

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Good point about the lack of the key symbol. It must have been seen as saved Form Data somehow. I looked through the source code and linked javascript files when I first noticed it but couldn't find anything coming from twitter.com with the name. I'm glad it's fixed now however it happened. :)

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The problem with saved form data is that it isn't site specific like with a saved login, so with a common name/id of an input field you can see this choice offered on websites.

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