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Facebook bug made posts by 14 million users readable by anyone

Facebook bug made posts by 14 million users readable by anyone

"Starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time", Egan said. Here's how it happened. On Thursday, the company announced a new test feature had changed users' privacy settings without their consent.

The bug Facebook is telling users about caused the setting to flip to public without notifying the user, so if they rightfully assumed that their privacy settings hadn't changed, they were wrong.

"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", Egan said.

Normally, a new post will default to whichever setting was selected for the previous one, but in this case all new messages automatically went to public.




"This bug occurred as we were building a new way to share featured items on your profile, like a photo".

Affected Facebook users will soon get a notice on the app and website Thursday and receive a link to all of their posts during the four days when the bug was active, according to CNN, which first broke the news. "We expect that this kind of on-platform notification is something which people might see more of over the coming months as we try and do more (and better) to detect and fix issues before they affect people's experience". It also reportedly shared data with Chinese smartphone companies like Huawei, whose smartphones the heads of the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency and the director of national intelligence warned USA citizens not to use in February.

The news marked the latest in a series of privacy embarrassments for the world's biggest social network, which has faced a firestorm over the hijacking of personal data on tens of millions of users and more recently for disclosures on data-sharing deals with smartphone makers.

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. Even if the bug was an accident on Facebook's part, Mayer said in an email that the FTC can bring enforcement action for privacy mistakes.

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