Facebook flaw changed millions of users’ posts from private to public

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Affected users will see a "Please review your posts" pop-up in their Facebook feed so they can review what private details might have leaked.

The flaw affected Facebook's system for 10 days in May, but Facebook says it still plans to notify users who were impacted.

Norman Sadeh, co-director of Carnegie Mellon University's Privacy Engineering Program, said that although Facebook survived temporary losses of trust from the public in the past, the recent scandals appeared to be taking their toll on the social media company.

Update 6/7/18 19:08EST: Updated with information provided by Facebook to BleepingComputer and to further make it clear it was news posts, not existing posts that were set to Public.

Facebook is embroiled in a snafu that exposed users' private postings and made them public, the company admitted Thursday. While the company says it stopped the error on May 22, it was not able to change all the posts back to their original privacy perimeters until later. These featured items are publicly visible, but Facebook inadvertently extended that setting to all new posts from those users.

Even if the bug was an accident on Facebook's part, Mayer said in an email that the FTC can bring enforcement action for privacy mistakes. Facebook will also flag for the user which posts they shared between May 18 and May 27, and will show them what the privacy setting was on that post.

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The bug became active on May 18th and Facebook started releasing a fix on the 22nd, though they didn't revert everyone's status settings until the 27th.

The mistake happened, that company said, when it was building a new way for people to share "featured items" on their profiles.

The bug was a result of a new feature that Facebook was developing to give users a different way of sharing certain content.

Facebook data - do we get what we deserve? The bug didn't affect older posts, the company said.

The data firm suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, after recordings emerged of him making a series of controversial claims, including boasts that Cambridge Analytica had a pivotal role in the election of Donald Trump.

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