Facebook alerts 14M to privacy bug that changed status composer to public

Facebook alerts 14M to privacy bug that changed status composer to public

Even if the bug was an accident on Facebook's part, Mayer said in an email that the FTC can bring enforcement action for privacy mistakes.

"We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts", said Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, told CNN. Facebook has fixed the privacy settings for posts during that time, and will let users review any affected content to make sure the audience is what they wanted, she said.

Facebook said this affected users posting between May 18 and May 27 as it was implementing a new way to share some items such as photos.

Jonathan Mayer, a professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University, said on Twitter that this latest privacy gaffe "looks like a viable Federal Trade Commission/state attorney general deception case".

Facebook has admitted to an incredibly embarrassing bug - one that shared the private posts of 14 million users publicly.

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Social media giant Facebook is under the spotlight once again after it revealed 14 million users may have had their posts made public due to a glitch.

Facebook is now in the process of rolling out new privacy menus to all of its 2 billion users.

The company is also still recovering from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm got access to the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users. But while the bug was active, from 18 May to 27 May, the setting was automatically changed to public. And while the bug was only in effect for a few days, it's an example of how many different settings users have to be aware of on Facebook.

When people post to Facebook, the service suggests and audience for their posts, based on past privacy settings. The news prompted swift response from lawmakers who asked Facebook for more information on those partnerships, and raised further questions about whether Facebook has violated a privacy agreement it had made with the government in 2011.

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