Lately, it seems Facebook can’t catch a break. just when they put out one fire, another one start.
Just this Thursday, Facebook admitted a software bug had publicly revealed the posts of as many as 14 million users, marking the latest privacy headache for the social media giant.
The bug, which was active between May 18 and May 27 changed posts to automatically be public. So users who who thought they were posting a message just to friends or smaller groups may have actually been sharing it widely with the general public.
The posts were clearly marked as public, but users who were used to their privacy settings could have easily overlooked the public designation.
Facebook allows people to choose the audience they want to share posts with and allows users to build specific friends lists, letting them publish posts visible by only a subsection of their Facebook network. Facebook users can also select “public” if they want to make a post viewable to anyone on or off Facebook.
The company said it went back and re-categorized the affected posts to the user’s default setting before the bug, and the problem has been fixed. In addition, Facebook will notify the 14 million users who could have been affected starting Thursday with an alert in their notifications.
“Starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time,” chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a statement.