Today, workplace chat company Slack launched a new feature with a goatse-sized privacy loophole: You can add people from outside your company’s Slack. From there, you can DM them or add them to group DMs or channels inside an existing Slack.
As you might have guessed, this did not go smoothly. A few hours after launching, Slack had already canceled a feature that allowed people to tack on a message to their invite emails due to the possibility of harassment.
“Slack Connect’s security features and robust administrative controls are a core part of its value both for individual users and their organizations,” Jonathan Prince, a Slack spokesperson, told BuzzFeed News. “We made a mistake in this initial roll-out that is inconsistent with our goals for the product and the typical experience of Slack Connect usage.”
Here’s how it’s meant to work, in a nice, pleasant world: You’re a salesperson with