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Facebook made some private posts public for as many as 14M

Facebook made some private posts public for as many as 14M

The problem did not change who could see older posts, Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a statement. Unfortunately, the feature caused all new posts, not just the featured items, to be made "public".

The fixes started rolling out on May 22 and Facebook seemed more than willing to stress that while they messed with your privacy settings users were still able, if they noticed, to change their settings back during that time.

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

'We'd like to apologize for this mistake, ' she added.

The specific tool being tested was a "featured items" option on a user's profile that highlights photos and other content.

Facebook posts typically default to the last "audience" a post was shared with, such as family members, friends, or friends except their boss.

It said the bug automatically suggested that users make new posts public, even if they had previously restricted posts to "friends only" or another private setting. 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.

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It's the latest privacy scandal in what has been a hard few months for the world's largest social media company.

It will also display more detailed information about the bug, which Facebook has referred to as a 'technical error'.

Facebook confirmed earlier this week that China-based Huawei - which has been banned by the United States military and is a lightning rod for cyberespionage concerns - was among device makers authorized to see user data in agreements that had been in place for years.

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In April, Facebook came under fire after their data as accessed and shared without their permission by consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

It was unclear if users could have done anything to their settings to prevent being affected by the bug the company revealed on Thursday.


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