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About 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting a message just to friends or smaller groups may have actually been sharing it widely with the general public due to a software bug, the company said Thursday.
A Facebook user’s post typically defaults to a preselected privacy setting. However, a bug that was active from May 18 to May 27 changed posts to automatically be public.
The article goes on to state the following:
The posts were clearly marked as public, but users who were used to their privacy settings could have easily overlooked the public designation.
The company said it went back and recategorized the affected posts to the user’s default setting before the bug, and the problem has been fixed. In addition, Facebook will notify the 14 million users who could have been affected starting Thursday with an alert in their notifications.
“Starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time,” chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a statement.
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Confirmed: Facebook tells me 14 million users who thought they were sharing private posts with friends may have shared with everyone bc of “a software bug.” The bug was live May 18-27 this year and is now fixed.
FB Chief Privacy Officer: “We’d like to apologize for this mistake”
— Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) June 7, 2018
BREAKING: Facebook is apologizing for a mistake which may’ve affected 14 million users: a bug which “automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts. We have fixed this issue and starting today…”(attachment includes more information) pic.twitter.com/Hs3PQ0j0gf
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) June 7, 2018
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