A Facebook bug made private posts of 14 million users public
Social media giant Facebook has been in trouble once again with the data misuse scandal. Is Facebook data safe? As users are in confusion there was another concern in the form of bugs. Recently because of a bug in the Facebook software individual posts of more than a million nearly about 14 million users data have become public. Facebook itself revealed this about the bug. This again raised concern among Facebook users.
Facebook recently revealed a bug in their software. This bug has changed the personal settings of users, the ‘private’ and ‘friends only’ posts have changed themselves into ‘public’. In May, reportedly 1.4 crore users affected with the bug. But finally, facebook detected the bug and solved the problem.
From May 18 to May 27, this bug was active, Facebook said. “We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time,” Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, said in a statement.
“We’d like to apologize for this mistake,” Egan said.
However, there was no danger to the posts that had been posted before, all the posts went into the public option when the bug was active. The issue resulted from Facebook’s efforts to allow users to highlight items on their profiles ‘Feature items’, such as photos, the company said. With this, all the private posts automatically became public option. A notification was sent to users affected by a bug. Users are advised to check their posts once again.
Recently, Facebook has been accused of misuse of data. The Cambridge Analytica, a company employed by Donald Trump during the US presidential election, has allegedly misused the data of 8.7 crore users from Facebook. The Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also accepted these allegations. He also apologized openly.