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Facebook shared 14M users’ private posts with entire world

Facebook shared 14M users’ private posts with entire world

Facebook admitted Thursday that 14 million users' posts were accidentally made public for several days in May due to a technical bug.

Facebook posts typically default to the last "audience" a post was shared with, such as family members or friends.

Facebook said it will reach out to the users who are thought to have been affected by the bug.

Facebook said it will notify all users who may have been hit by the programming error.

Affected Facebook users will soon get a notice on the app and website Thursday and receive a link to all of their posts during the four days when the bug was active, according to CNN, which first broke the news. "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'd been using before". "We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts".

The news followed a recent furor over Facebook's sharing of user data - oversharing, in the eyes of many critics. Normally, Facebook makes it possible for users to share photos, text, or video only with family members, work colleagues, or other specially designated contacts and preventing anyone else from seeing the content.

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This new feature is part of a larger Continuity effort to bring one seamless experience across all your Apple devices. Starting with iOS 12, Apple previewed some of its upcoming features and a major feature was the privacy aspect to it.

Egan continued on: "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".

The bug affected as many as 14 million people, the company said.

Social media giant Facebook is under the spotlight once again after it revealed 14 million users may have had their posts made public due to a glitch.

While many phone makers have said any data pulled through those channels only resided on phones, not on company servers, some critics have questioned how certain Facebook can be that those statements are true.

Facebook's latest privacy bug is another result of the platform moving a little too fast...

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