Facebook flaw changed millions of users’ posts from private to public

Facebook flaw changed millions of users’ posts from private to public

Facebook flaw changed millions of users’ posts from private to public

"We'd like to apologize for this mistake", Erin Egan, chief privacy officer of Facebook, told Fox News.

After the bug was detected, Facebook engineers spent 5 days resetting posts created by affected users to private, even if that was the original intent.

The flaw only affected Facebook's system for 10 days in May, but Facebook says it still plans to notify users who were impacted by the bug.

The bug was a result of a new feature that Facebook was developing to give users a different way of sharing certain content.

Facebook hasn't released specifics on the amount of users and posts involved other than it being up to 14 million.

Facebook said that it was today beginning to notify affected users.

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Facebook announced on Thursday that millions of users had their privacy settings changed by a software bug that let anyone on the internet read status updates and posts that were intended for only private audiences. It will also show affected users a notification with an explanation and apology, and urge them to review any posts they made during the time period when the bug was active.

Affected users will see an alert in their notifications about the error and will be able to review the posts that went public.

Facebook, which said it discovered the bug, has not yet shared details about who may have accessed the exposed data, or how that access may have occurred.

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. However, it appears that the company didn't change the settings back to what the users had set until May 27.

A Facebook booth is seen at the China International Big Data Industry Expo in Guiyang, Guizhou province, China, on May 27, 2018.

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