Facebook Admits "Bug" Had Private Posts Of 14 Million Users Made Public

Well shucks

Well shucks

Facebook is now in the process of alerting millions of its users of a bug that occurred last month that might have made posts meant for a limited audience appear publicly.

The company said that it's informing 14 million of its users who may have accidentally shared their posts publicly because of this bug. The software flaw was apparently live for 10 days last month and the company didn't give users any kind of warning. Unfortunately, the feature caused all new posts, not just the featured items, to be made "public". That's because the company had promised that the setting users set in their most recent privacy preferences would be maintained for future posts.

Starting Thursday, the company began notifying the 14 million users who had posted during the time of the bug so they could review their posts' settings.

Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, says the bug did not affect past posts.

It will also display more detailed information about the bug, which Facebook has referred to as a 'technical error'. "We apologize for this mistake", the note reads, according to screenshots from TechCrunch.

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The bug was active from May 18th to May 22nd, but it took Facebook until May 27th to switch people's status composer privacy setting back to what it was before the issue.

Users who were affected by the bug will start receiving a notification on Facebook starting Thursday. Facebook usually lets users choose how they want their content to be shared, with basic options being: "Public, Only Friends, Friends Except, Specific Friends or Only me".

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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.