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'Please review your posts': Facebook accidentally shares 14M users' private info

08 June, 2018, 03:00 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Facebook flaw changed millions of users’ posts from private to public

"We'd like to apologize for this mistake", Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, said in today's statement.

The bug, which affected those users from May 18 to May 22, occurred while Facebook was testing a new feature.

But, for four days in May, the bug ignored user preferences and set the default audience for all new posts to "public", the company said.

The news follows a recent furor over Facebook's sharing of user data with device makers, including China's Huawei. 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. Anyone whose posts were mistakenly made public will see a notification on their Facebook account-both the mobile app and website-entitled "Please Review Your Posts".

It was unclear if users could have done anything to their settings to prevent being affected by the bug the company revealed on Thursday.

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Facebook has admitted to an incredibly embarrassing bug - one that shared the private posts of 14 million users publicly.

Facebook has been having a rough time with privacy and trust recently.

Facebook's latest privacy bug is another result of the platform moving a little too fast...

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The bug became active on May 18th and Facebook started releasing a fix on the 22nd, though they didn't revert everyone's status settings until the 27th. For a bug to break that system for millions of users is yet another major problem Facebook is going to have to deal with.

When people post to Facebook, the service suggests and audience for their posts, based on past privacy settings. However, it appears that the company didn't change the settings back to what the users had set until May 27. The news prompted swift response from lawmakers who asked Facebook for more information on those partnerships, and raised further questions about whether Facebook has violated a privacy agreement it had made with the government in 2011.

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