Facebook notifies 14M users of a bug that made status posts public

Facebook has another apology for you

It is still unclear how numerous 14 million profiles that were affected may have posted content privately without realizing they were sharing publicly.

After Facebook employees discovered the bug, the company went back and changed the privacy settings for all posts shared by those 14 million users during that time.

But, according to Facebook, the bug automatically suggested that users make new posts "public", even if they had previously restricted to "friends only" or another private setting. These prompts will include a link to what may have been shared during the period before the bug was fixed by Facebook. Facebook stopped the bug on May 22 but did not restore the proper privacy settings to all posts until May 27.

Starting today, affected users will begin seeing messages from Facebook that encourage them to "Please Review Your Posts".

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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.

Ms Egan says the issue did not affect past posts and has apologised for the mistake. That means if an eagle-eyed user didn't catch the bug, they likely shared some status updates publicly on Facebook that they meant to share only with friends.

The bug apparently happened because Facebook was building a new "featured items" option that highlights content on profiles.

Facebook was back in the spotlight in the past few days after the New York Times reported that Facebook had data-sharing contracts with device makers like Apple and Samsung. Facebook is now in the process of rolling out new privacy menus to all of its 2 billion users.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg ultimately issued a mea culpa and promised to do better for its users, a promise, in light of the most recent bug, is something the company is going to have to work harder to keep.

This was designed to help them create software that can predict and influence voters' choices at the ballot box.

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