A Privacy Setting Bug in Facebook Application affects 14 million users

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a privacy setting bug in facebook affects 14 million users

On Thursday, the world’s Largest Social Media Company Facebook has revealed that it had again failed to keep the information private of millions of user’s.

Facebook has been fighting for months to change the perception that it did not do enough to protect people’s privacy. As many as 14 million Facebook users who thought they were creating private posts last month that only a small group of friends could see were, in fact, making public posts that anyone could view. But, the problem, for which it has been said that it is now fixed, is the hottest privacy scandal for the world’s largest social media company.

A software bug meant millions of Facebook users may have unknowingly posted private information to the public, the company has warned. In a recent statement, Facebook said the bug affected users from May 18 to May 22, while the company was testing a new feature. On the other hand, the company says it stopped the error on May 22. After Facebook employees exposed the bug, the company changed the privacy settings frequently for all posts shared by those 14 million users.

Facebook blamed a software bug for the issue. The company did not say how it had found the bug, or how it knew the problem was limited to 14 million people. Basically, the mistake happened when the company built a new way for people to share “featured items” on their profiles. These items, which include posts and photo albums, are automatically public. In the process of creating this feature, Facebook said it fortuitously made the suggested audience for all new posts public.

Considering this, Erin Egan, Facebook’s head of privacy has apologized and stated that “We’d like to apologies for this mistake,” He also further added that users who may have been affected will be alerted on the site’s newsfeed section, together with the chance to review what posts may have been posted publicly by mistake. From the past few months, Facebook executives have constantly been forced to apologize to users for fading to protect their privacy.

The company is also still mending from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm got access to the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users.