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This Facebook bug changed private posts to public for 14 million users

This bug was active from May 18 to 27, but Facebook says it's fixed now.

  • Published: June 8, 2018 9:48 AM IST
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Facebook can’t seem to wake up from its miseries, and security-related nightmare. After the Cambridge Analytica dam burst forth, the social media company has seen one issue after the other plaguing it. And the latest to join this list is a bug that Facebook says made private posts of about 14 million users public in the month of May.

Facebook in its latest newsroom post has said that the bug was active from May 18 to May 27, and it changed posts to automatically be public for certain users. Users may not have noticed these changes because users usually have a set privacy setting that remains the same for every post by default.

Hence the affected users may have been sharing something with a chosen number of people, but these were shared with all and sundry. Facebook has said that it has reverted the privacy of the affected posts to the user’s default before it was affected by the bug, and that the problem has now been ‘fixed’. Additionally, Facebook will be notifying the affected 14 million users starting Thursday with a notification.

Erin Egan, chief privacy officer at Facebook, wrote in the post on Facebook Newsroom, “Starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time. We’d like to apologize for this mistake.”

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As for how this bug came about, here’s what Egan wrote in the post, “This bug occurred as we were building a new way to share featured items on your profile, like a photo. Since these featured items are public, the suggested audience for all new posts – not just these items – was set to public.”

  • Published Date: June 8, 2018 9:48 AM IST