Facebook glitch in May made millions of private posts public

Photographer: Wilfred Iven

Photographer: Wilfred Iven


“Facebook says a software bug made some private posts public for as many as 14 million users over several days in May,” wrote The Associated Press for CBC News on June 7, 2018.

The Associated Press continued, “The problem, which Facebook says it has fixed, is the latest privacy scandal for the world’s largest social media company. On Thursday, the company said the bug automatically suggested that users make new posts public, even if they had previously restricted to “friends only” or another private setting. If users did not notice the new default suggestion, they unwittingly sent their post to a broader audience than they had intended.

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, said the bug did not affect past posts. She added that Facebook is notifying users who posted publicly during the time the bug was active to review their posts.”

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