San Francisco, June 8: In the latest privacy goof-up, Facebook has admitted that the private posts of around 14 million users were made public.
The bug made sure that the posts could be viewed by anyone, including people who were not logged on to Facebook. However, it was not yet known users in which country was affected the most.
As per the reports, this bug was active from May 18 to May 27. It changed users’ privacy settings to public, without notifying them.
According to Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook Erin Egan, took place as the Facebook developers were building a new way to share featured items on users’ profile, like a photo.
“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 had been using before,” Egan wrote in a blog post late Thursday.
This came after a New York Times report revealed that how the social network allowed over 60 device makers, including Chinese smartphone players, to access personal information of users and their friends.
Starting Thursday, “we have started letting the 14 million people affected know — and asking them to review any posts they made during that time.
“To be clear, this bug did not impact anything people had posted before, and they could still choose their audience just as they always have,” he added.
“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,” Egan said.
Facebook had been under a cloud from last few days for the growing online data-privacy concerns such as providing privileged access to its API with Chinese companies including Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo, and TCL, data breaching by Cambridge Analytica.