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08 June 2018, 06:27 | Yvette Williams
Facebook notifies 14M users of a bug that made status posts public
According to CNN, between May 18th and the 22th a bug caused around 14 million people to have their default sharing settings set to "Public" for any new Facebook posts that were created.
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. Affected users will see a "Please review your posts" pop-up in their Facebook feed so they can review what private details might have leaked.
Ms Egan says the issue did not affect past posts and has apologised for the mistake.
Those affected by this latest blunder will be shown a graphical notification soon, with the chance to review what posts may have been posted publicly by mistake.
The news followed a recent furor over Facebook's sharing of user data - oversharing, in the eyes of many critics.
The bug apparently happened because Facebook was building a new "featured items" option that highlights content on profiles.
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How did the bug impact Facebook posts?
Facebook, which has 2.2 billion users, says the bug was active from May 18 until May 27.
Facebook tells TechCrunch that it hears loud and clear that it must be more transparent about its product and privacy settings, especially when it messes up. "Since these featured items are public, the suggested audience for all new posts - not just these items - was set to 'public.' The problem has been fixed, and for anyone affected, we changed the audience back to what they'd been using before".
Facebook has stated that these types of notifications will be used going forward to report privacy issues or breaches.
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