Facebook made 14 million people's private posts public
Facebook can't seem to catch a break
Posted on June 8, 2018 12:07 AM.
TechCrunchJosh Constine
Facebook has another privacy screw-up on its hands. A bug in May accidentally changed the suggested privacy setting for status updates to public from whatever users had set it to last, potentially causing them to post sensitive friends-only content to the whole world. 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. 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. We’d like to apologize for this mistake. The bug was active from May 18th to May 22nd, but it took Facebook until May 27th to switch people’s status composer privacy setting back to what it was before the issue. It happened because Facebook was building a “featured items” option on your profile that highlights photos and other content. These featured items are publicly visible, but Facebook inadvertently extended that setting to all new posts from those users.
Facebook is notifying all 14 million users affected, and asking them to double check privacy settings on previous posts.
The VergeColin Lecher
The disclosure is the latest in a string of major privacy blunders that have followed Facebook since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Before the announcement, the company was fending off questions from the public and lawmakers this week about how it shares data with device makers.
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