Facebook revealed that about 14 millions of the Facebook users around the world had their default sharing setting for every new post set to public.
One good news for the users of Facebook, the posts users made on may of this year has had a greatly larger audience than anyone can be realized ever.
On Thursday, the social networking site said that it recently revealed a software bug, which is for several days of May month, by changing the suggested audience of all new posts to the “public.” The Facebook’s audience selector tool generally remembers that audience which you shared last time, when you posted something (friends, public, friends except…, or only me) and also suggested the similar audience when you again share the post.
Though Facebook was constructing a new mode to share some featured items, such as photos, on your profile while doing this, some error might occur. Featured items or post are always meant for the public, but someone unintentionally made the suggested audience for all new posts, not only the featured items, public.
Between May 18 and May 27 bug was live for all facebook post. In that time, some 14 million people made the public posts on the social networking sites, many of them probably believed that they were sharing their post with just friends.
Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan said in a statement that we have already fixed this issue and from starting today we are asking everyone affected know and asking them, to review any of the posts that they completed during that time. Generally, this type bugs did not even impact on anything people had posted before on facebook, and now they could easily choose their audience just as the users always have. We would apologize for this mistake.”
Upon determining the bug, Facebook automatically changed the audience of the influenced posts from public to whatever audience had been using before the error occurred. The company stopped the fault on May 22 but still did not get all the posts changed back until on May 27.
If you are amongst the 14 million people who were affected by this bug, then you will saw a notification about this bug, when you log into your Facebook account.
Facebook offered dozens of device makers, only because of this new privacy mistake follows revelations that including Chinese vendors Lenovo, TCL, Oppo, and Huawei Technologies on very special access to the user data.
According to The New York Times, data-sharing agreements allow the vendors access “vast amounts” of the Facebook users’ personal information which including in some cases only, the data of users’ friends believed that they had completely barred any sharing.