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Facebook bug changes privacy settings of 14 million users’ to public


Facebook confirms that around 14 million of its users who were sharing their posts privately with only friends may have unknowingly shared their posts with the public due to a software bug.

This news came out showing another failure of Facebook in keeping the details of the users private.  Earlier Facebook claimed that every piece of content that was shared on Facebook by you will be secured and that only you will have complete control over who sees it and how you share it.

The privacy settings of the Facebook remain as default until the user changes it manually as the company permits its users to alter the privacy settings to select the audiences who can see their posts.

But now the company has disclosed on Thursday that they have found a bug that automatically updated the default audience setting for 14 million users’ Facebook posts to “Public,” even if they did not intend to share with the public.

Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan says that they have discovered the technical error between May 18 and 27 which automatically suggested a public audience when the users were creating posts.  Facebook’s ‘Please Review Your Posts’ alert were sent to affected users and it reads. “We apologize for this mistake.”

He says that the error occurred while they were testing a new feature and that it was live for a period of 4 days between May 18 and May 22. The Facebook team has fixed the bug within 4 days and have changed the privacy settings back to what it was earlier set by the users themselves. All the posts that were shared after May 22 are not affected by this bug.

In case if you have shared any posts during the period the bug was alive, the company have fixed the privacy settings for those posts by May 27 and is now notifying all affected users to review any posts made by them during that time. The bug however did not affect any posts that were posted before the periods.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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