Millions of Facebook users hit by Facebook privacy bug

Laverne Mann
June 8, 2018

Even if a user had set their default sharing option to "friends", the bug changed the setting for affected users to "public".

"We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts", Ms Egan said. The bug apparently affected 14 million people, although it seems Facebook doesn't know how many of those users may have actually posted something to the public.

"We'd like to apologize for this mistake", Egan said.

Facebook said the privacy bug took place from May 18 to May 27 and didn't affect any posts published before that time period. Facebook will also flag for the user which posts they shared between May 18 and May 27, and will show them what the privacy setting was on that post.

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During the month of May, social media users may have been posting the posts publicly and not even realizing it thanks to another Facebook screw-up. These items are visible to the public, however, the company extended that setting to all the new posts, TechCrunch reports.

A Facebook representative said in the statement that the company had heard "loud and clear" that it needed to be more transparent about "when things go wrong" ― and this notification was part of that effort.

'Within the United States alone, we have played a pivotal role in winning presidential races as well as congressional and state elections, ' with data on more than 230 million American voters, Cambridge Analytica claims on its website. While the company says it stopped the error on May 22, it was not able to change all the posts back to their original privacy perimeters until later. Someone can, for example, share a post with only a limited group of family and friends, or decide to make a post public so that anyone, including people not logged on to Facebook, can see it.

This week, The Washington Post reported that Facebook shared special user data with Huawei - a Chinese firm that lawmakers say poses a national security threat.

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