Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Facebook bug made posts by 14 million users readable by anyone

Facebook flaw changed millions of users’ posts from private to public Facebook notifies 14M users of a bug that made status posts public
Terence Owen | 08 June, 2018, 06:27

According to CNN, between May 18th and the 22th a bug caused around 14 million people to have their default sharing settings set to "Public" for any new Facebook posts that were created.

To correct the error, Facebook said it has since changed all of the affected users' settings back to private - even for those aforementioned extroverts who freely keep the public apprised of all their comings and goings.

Facebook told Recode and TechCrunch that as many as 14 million users may have been affected and had their posts made public incorrectly, adding that those people would be notified and asked to review their posts from that period. The company's chief privacy officer shared a very brief statement, "We'd like to apologize for this mistake". Someone can, for example, share a post with only a limited group of family and friends, or decide to make a post public so that anyone, including people not logged on to Facebook, can see it.

Facebook confirmed earlier this week that China-based Huawei - which has been banned by the USA military and is a lightning rod for cyberespionage concerns - was among device makers authorized to see user data in agreements that had been in place for years.

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Huawei claimed Wednesday it neither collected nor stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers. "Since these featured items are public, the suggested audience for all new posts - not just these items - was set to 'public.' The problem has been fixed, and for anyone affected, we changed the audience back to what they'd been using before".

The bug became active on May 18th and Facebook started releasing a fix on the 22nd, though they didn't revert everyone's status settings until the 27th.

Facebook just can't get it together as we learn about another major privacy breach on their platform. They'll receive a notification on the app or the website and a link to a list of anything they shared during the "oopsies" window.

In its most recent trouble, the company revealed it had been sharing data with partners in China, which happens to be the last country most privacy-conscious users would want to share data with.

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