FACEBOOK IN HOT WATER YET AGAIN
PRIVATE MESSAGES ARE BROADCAST TO THE WORLD
A “GLITCH” AT FACEBOOK between May 18 and 22 led to 14 million users having their private posts being free for all to view, instead of friends and family. Apparently, Facebook accidentally altered the default privacy settings, but it took until May 27 for it to restore them. This time, the trouble was of Facebook’s making. Soon after, the company started firing out alerts to users to check their privacy settings, actually in response to new European legislation, but being sent worldwide. A timely reminder, at least.
Facebook holds huge amounts of data on anybody who’s been anywhere near it—a serious responsibility. Five days is too long to fix such a fundamental problem. Any potential fall of Facebook’s digital empire could have many causes; one of them is loss of trust.