Facebook admits that 14 million users affected by the software bug
Facebook says software problem caused some users’ private messages to the public.
Facebook is a major new privacy blunder.
A bug is live from 18 May to 27 May, where as many as 14 million Facebook users around the world have had their default sharing setting for all new posts set to public, the company revealed. After Facebook employees discovered the error that has occurred while the tech giant was testing a new feature, the company claimed workers went back and changed the privacy settings for all of the messages shared by the 14 million users in that time.
“We recently found a bug that is automatically proposed items in the public when some people make their Facebook posts. We have this problem, and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and ask them to all the posts they made in that time. To be clear, this error has no influence on what people had posted for — and they can still choose their audience just as they always have. We would like to apologize for this error,” Erin Egan, chief privacy officer of Facebook, told Fox News.
Affected Facebook users receive a notification in the app or website from Thursday. The message of Facebook users are encouraged to use the “view Your Posts” and gave them a link to a list of what they shared on Facebook while the bug was active.
The news followed a recent furor over Facebook for the sharing of data from the user — oversharing, in the eyes of many critics.
Facebook also said Thursday it would mean the end of the data in cooperation with Huawei at the end of this week after a backlash over the Chinese phone maker access to Facebook information of the user.
Huawei claimed Wednesday neither collected, nor stored Facebook data of the user, after the social media giant recognized shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers.
Huawei, a company flagged by U.S. intelligence officials as a threat to national security, is the latest device maker in the middle of a fresh wave of accusations on Facebook in the processing of private data.
The development marked the last great blunder for Facebook since allegations emerged in March that a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, had improperly harvested data of tens of millions of Facebook users to influence elections.
Fox News’ Shira Bush and The Associated Press contributed to this report.