Facebook Bug Accidentally Turns 14 Million Users’ Posts To ‘Public’ In May

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Rough year, Facebook? The social network has announced a bug that made the posts of 14 million users public in the month of May.

Affected accounts had the default audience of their posts marked to “public” between 18 and 27 May, and those who did not spot the change might have unintentionally made their rants available for everyone to see during that time frame.

“This bug occurred as we were building a new way to share featured items on your profile, like a photo,” explained Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook. “Since these featured items are public, the suggested audience for all new posts—not just these items—was set to public.”

Facebook has reverted the posts to their intended settings. Egan also assured that all posts prior to these dates were not impacted by the glitch.

If you’re an affected user, you should be receiving a notification, titled ‘Please Review Your Posts’, that lets you know about the mistake. You’ll also be shown which posts were set to public during this period.

“Out of an abundance of caution we are letting anyone affected know today and asking them to review Facebook posts they made during that time,” said Egan. “If you posted publicly, you’ll see a notification when you log in that leads to a page with more information—including a review of posts during this period.”

“We’ve heard loud and clear that we need to be more transparent about how we build our products and how those products use your data—including when things go wrong. And that is what we are doing here.”

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[via Quartz, images via various sources]

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