In a recent development, Facebook has said in a statement that software bug has led to some of the users which led to post them publicly and it has occurred as default regardless of the previous settings. The bug has affected as many as 14 million users for several days in May.
Facebook has already fixed the bug as per the officials, and this is said to be the latest privacy scandal for a giant social media company. The post by Facebook officials said that the bug the capability to suggest the users make their post public even if they have made the settings to friends only or any other private setting. If the users could not find the new default suggestion, they have sent the post to a public audience.
According to the Facebook’s chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, he said that the bug did not affect the past posts. Facebook is now notifying the users who were affected and had posted their posts publicly during that time when the bug was active and ask them to review their posts.
A professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University, Jonathan Mayer said that this latest privacy looks like a viable Federal Trade Commission/ State attorney General Deception case. This is because the company had promised that the setting users are set in their most recent privacy preferences and that would be maintained for the future posts.
Starting from May 18th to May 27th, 2018, Facebook said that it has 2.2 billion users and the bug was active during that period. The company said that they had stopped that bug on May 22nd, but they cannot rectify the post back to their original privacy parameters until later. This issue has happened when the company has built a new way for the people to share the featured items on their profiles. These types of items have made automatically public. When the company is making this feature active, it accidentally asks all the audience for all new posts public.
This issue had come up when the company was recovering from the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which Facebook has shared the data of about 87 million Facebook users.