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Facebook bug made millions of users' default settings public

08 June, 2018, 02:58 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Facebook says a software bug made some private posts public for as many as 14 million users over several days in May

Facebook has revealed a new bug that switched 14 million users' privacy settings to public without their knowledge. This time it was caused by an internal bug that set 14 million Facebook user's posts to be posted publicly. Your secrets are safe - unless someone saw them, of course. This bug affects posts shared between May 18 and May 22. These featured items are publicly visible, but Facebook inadvertently extended that setting to all new posts from those users. We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time. 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.

"We'd like to apologise for this mistake", said Erin Egan, Facebook's head of privacy.

How did this happen?

The news marked the latest in a series of privacy embarrassments for the world's biggest social network, which has faced a firestorm over the hijacking of personal data on tens of millions of users and more recently for disclosures on data-sharing deals with smartphone makers.

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Considering that Facebook has almost 2.2 billion users worldwide, the number of affected users is small. They'll see a message from Facebook urging users to "Please Review Your Posts" and a link to a list of what they shared on Facebook while the bug was active.

Facebook, which said it discovered the bug, has not yet shared details about who may have accessed the exposed data, or how that access may have occurred. He apologized for Facebook's handling of the issue and promised that the company would be more transparent and "do better" when it comes to protecting user data and security.

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.

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