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

Posted June 08, 2018

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.

Facebook said it would be notifying the 14 million users who had posted publicly between May 18 and 22. Your secrets are safe - unless someone saw them, of course. The company said on Thursday the bug automatically suggested that users make new posts public, even if they had previously restricted to "friends only" or another private setting. These notifications state that Facebook "recently discovered a technical error between May 18 and 27 that automatically suggested a public audience when you were creating posts".

Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, was quick to apologize for the mistake, but the question remains: can we still trust Facebook?

"We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time", Egan said.

Facebook just can't get it together as we learn about another major privacy breach on their platform. It happened because Facebook was building a "featured items" option on your profile that highlights photos and other content.

Facebook has another privacy screw-up on its hands.

It's the latest in a series of revelations about Facebook's privacy lapses.

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. The company has persuaded billions of people to share personal details about their lives on the understanding that they have complete control over who can see what stuff.

The news followed a recent furor over Facebook's sharing of user data - oversharing, in the eyes of many critics. That way, users can reset a post that was inadvertently set to public back to being shared just with friends if they would like.