Facebook privacy bug affects 14 million users

Well shucks

Well shucks

Facebook just admitted that the posts of as many as 14 million users who thought they were posting contents visible to only their friends, may have actually been shared publicly.

"We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts", said Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, told CNN.

It turns out that when the company discovered the issue, its employees went back and changed posts shared by those 14 million users during that time back to the setting they had previously selected.

'We'd like to apologize for this mistake, ' she added.

Facebook says it didn't make the posts private until May 27, so it's possible that mere acquaintances could have seen sensitive info during that nine-day span.

One of Facebook's key privacy features is that it lets people decide an audience for their posts.

The blunder is yet another embarrassing gaffe for Facebook at a time when the biz can hardly afford to cast further doubt on its ability to secure the personal details of its users. Anyone whose posts were mistakenly made public will see a notification on their Facebook account-both the mobile app and website-entitled "Please Review Your Posts".

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VentureBeat has reached out to Facebook for more information about who may have been affected and will update this story if we hear back.

The mistake happened, that company said, when it was building a new way for people to share "featured items" on their profiles.

Facebook just can't get it together as we learn about another major privacy breach on their platform.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned for two days on Capitol Hill in April about the importance of user security.

The news follows a recent furor over Facebook's sharing of user data with device makers, including China's Huawei.

In April, Facebook came under fire after their data as accessed and shared without their permission by consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

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