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Facebook Privacy-Setting Bug Has Made 14 Million Users’ Posts In Public

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Facebook Privacy-Setting Bug Has Made 14 Million Users’ Posts In Public: About 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting a message just to friends or smaller groups may have been sharing it widely with the general public due to a software bug, the company said Thursday.

Facebook Privacy-Setting Bug Has Made 14 Million Users’ Posts In Public

 

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 positions to be public automatically.

The posts are marks 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 re-categorized the affected posts to the user’s default setting before the bug, and the problem is permanent.

Also, Facebook will notify the 14 million users who could have been affected that is 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.

We were like to apologize for this mistake,” Egan said.

The 14 million Facebook users may have unintentionally had own posts that go in the public. 14 million Facebook users may have inadvertently had individual posts go to public

About 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting a message just to the friends or smaller groups may have 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 18th to May 27th which has changed the positions to be public automatically.

The posts marks as public, but the users who are used to the privacy settings could have easily overlooked the people’s designation.

The company says it went back and recategorized the affecting posts to the user’s default setting before the bug, and the problem was permanent. Besides, Facebook will notify the 14 million users who could have been affected starting on 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. We like to apologize for the error,” Egan said.

It is another misstep in Facebook’s ongoing data privacy issues, spurred by revelations of a data leak that affected as many as 87 million users.

The issue resulted from Facebook’s efforts to allow the users to highlight items on their profiles, such as photos, the company said.

The featured items defaulted to public settings, which inadvertently made all posts by the user during the affected period also default to the public.

So, these are the points to describe the Facebook privacy-setting bug has made 14 million users’ posts in public.

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