Facebook made some private posts public for as many as 14M
02:57, Jun 8, 2018
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"We'd like to apologize for this mistake", said Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, in a statement. The company said on Thursday the bug automatically suggested that users make new posts public, even if they had previously restricted to "friends only" or another private setting. The bug affected Facebook posts between May 18 and 27; although Facebook fixed the error on May 22, it took five days to reverse the problem for all affected posts. It happened when the platform started building a "featured items" section in profiles for users to highlight content of their choosing.
When people post to Facebook, the service suggests and audience for their posts, based on past privacy settings.
It was unclear if users could have done anything to their settings to prevent being affected by the bug the company revealed on Thursday.
"Starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time", Egan said.
San Francisco: Facebook acknowledged Thursday a software glitch that changed the settings of some 14 million users, potentially making some posts public even if they were meant to be private.
Huawei, a company flagged by US intelligence officials as a national security threat, was the latest device maker at the center of a fresh wave of allegations over Facebook's handling of private data. People could have changed the individual audience setting on posts, but would have had to notice the setting was different from what they'd chosen. The company has persuaded billions of people to share personal details about their lives on the understanding that they have complete control over who can see what stuff.
It is still unclear how numerous 14 million profiles that were affected may have posted content privately without realizing they were sharing publicly.
The firm added that the notification is part of Facebook's broader and recent efforts to be more transparent about its product and how its handling privacy issues.
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