Face­book bug af­fects 14m

Weekend Herald - - World -

Face­book said yes­ter­day a soft­ware bug led some users to post pub­licly by de­fault re­gard­less of their pre­vi­ous set­tings. The bug af­fected as many as 14 mil­lion users over sev­eral days in May. The prob­lem, which Face­book said it has fixed, is the lat­est pri­vacy scan­dal for the world’s largest so­cial me­dia com­pany. It said the bug au­to­mat­i­cally sug­gested that users make new posts pub­lic, even if they had pre­vi­ously re­stricted posts to “friends only” or an­other pri­vate set­ting. If users did not no­tice the new de­fault sug­ges­tion, they un­wit­tingly sent their post to a broader au­di­ence than they had in­tended. Erin Egan, Face­book’s chief pri­vacy of­fi­cer, said the bug did not af­fect past posts. Face­book is no­ti­fy­ing users who were af­fected and posted pub­licly, ad­vis­ing them to re­view their posts.

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