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Facebook accidentally made 14 million users’ posts public in May, reports say

Facebook accidentally made 14 million users’ posts public in May, reports say

Facebook changed every post by those users during the affected time period to private, including posts that people may have meant to share publicly.

The flaw only affected Facebook's system for 10 days in May, but Facebook says it still plans to notify users who were impacted by the bug. 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.

The problem, which Facebook said it has fixed, is the latest privacy scandal for the world's largest social media company.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg ultimately issued a mea culpa and promised to do better for its users, a promise, in light of the most recent bug, is something the company is going to have to work harder to keep.

Facebook tells TechCrunch that it hears loud and clear that it must be more transparent about its product and privacy settings, especially when it messes up.




Considering that Facebook has almost 2.2 billion users worldwide, the number of affected users is small. It happened when the platform started building a "featured items" section in profiles for users to highlight content of their choosing. If I limit a post's audience to just friends from high school, for instance, Facebook will make that the default audience setting on all of the posts I make from then on.

It will also display more detailed information about the bug, which Facebook has referred to as a 'technical error'.

Facebook said that the data-sharing relationships with Huawei and other Chinese companies were "controlled from the get-go".

Affected Facebook users received a notification on the app or website starting Thursday.

A Facebook booth is seen at the China International Big Data Industry Expo in Guiyang, Guizhou province, China, on May 27, 2018.

Facebook is embroiled in a snafu that exposed users' private postings and made them public, the company admitted Thursday.


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