Facebook privacy bug hits 14 Mn users

The bug made status posts publicly viewable by default.

Facebook Privacy Bug

Facebook privacy bug allowed some users to post publicly, regardless their privacy settings. The bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May. So, the latest privacy controversy from the largest social media platform has been fixed for now.

This bug automatically suggested that users make new posts public, even if they had previously restricted posts to “friends only” or another private setting. If users did not notice the new default suggestion, they unwittingly sent their post to a broader audience than they had intended.

The bug lasted for 10 days in May 2018, but Facebook is still notifying users who were impacted by this privacy bug. They said “today we started letting the 14 million people affected know – and asking them to review any posts they made during that time. 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.’

As per them, Facebook privacy bug took place from May 18 to May 27 and didn’t affect any posts published before that time period.

If you posted publicly, you’ll see a notification when you log in that leads to a page with more information – including a review of posts during this period.

They said, “we need to be more transparent about how we build our products and how those products use your data – including when things go wrong. And that is what we are doing here.”

The news follows recent controversy over Facebook’s sharing of user data with device makers, including China’s Huawei.

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