Facebook flaw changed millions of users’ posts from private to public

Facebook flaw changed millions of users’ posts from private to public

The social networking site is now alerting approximately 14 million users to a recent bug that caused the error, which altered their suggested privacy settings to public from whatever audience they had previously chosen. Facebook just admitted that the posts of as many as 14 million users who thought they were posting contents visible to only their friends, may have actually been shared publicly.

She said Facebook is also notifying users who posted publicly during the time the bug was active to review their posts.

"To be clear, this bug did not impact anything people had posted before - and they could still choose their audience just as they always have", Egan said.

"We'd like to apologize for this mistake", Egan said.

The mixup was the result of a bug that automatically suggested posts be set to public, meaning the posts could be viewed by anyone, including people not logged on to Facebook.

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Over the past few days, Facebook has been under scrutiny for giving Chinese company Huawei access to users' data, even though the USA government has held that company under suspicion in the past over its ties to the country's communist government.

If the user did not notice the setting had changed, they may have posted something publicly that was not intended for that wider audience.

Facebook's 2011 consent decree with the FTC calls for the company to get "express consent" from users before sharing their information beyond what they established in their privacy settings. For ten days in May, Facebook's status-update tool did not retain user-specified privacy settings, resorting to the default instead.

With all the other issues swirling after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, this bug shows that Facebook's privacy issues span both poorly thought-out policies and technical oversights.

Those affected by this latest issue will receive notifications from Facebook starting Thursday. In the meantime, you can take solace in the fact that this glitch only affected 0.007 percent of Facebook users - which is 14 million people.

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