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Facebook's Negligence Risks Its 14 Million Users' Post

The bug made the users' post to be read by anyone.

Social Media published date 8th June, 2018 Vikram Khajuria

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It seems that Facebook privacy woes are not going to stay behind. The high-profile scam of Cambridge Analytica scandal almost cost Mark Zuckerberg his position, and Facebook found its feet well above the ground. For the data breach of its users, Mark was even summoned in front of Congress and legal experts to answer about the company’s privacy policies. And now, in yet another blow, a software bug is detected which was inadvertently switched the default privacy settings of 14 million users to the public.

The goof-up cost the users their private posts to be viewed by anyone. It almost took five days for Facebook to fix the bug. The software bug was detected on May 22, which was active between May 18 and May 27.

Facebook Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan said in the statement, “We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts.”

He further added, “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. 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. We’d like to apologize for this mistake.”

If we take a look at the number of users who got affected then, 14 million is indeed a considerable number. While the Cambridge Analytica scandal thumped about 87 million people, and the total sum of both these snags goes beyond 100 million. So, these numbers clearly show the lack of quality measures from Facebook’s end, and if Facebook wishes to stay up for long, it needs to revise the user privacy policies.

The last week doesn’t look smooth for Facebook, as a report highlighted the sharing of personal data of its users with a couple of mobile-device manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. The later investigation dragged the name of Huawei also. The revelation did bring the equation of users’ privacy policy into the forefront.

Though the Facebook hasn't marked the users of any particular region, therefore, it would be better if you cross-check your post settings. The software bug has given another significant opportunity to the legal experts to voice their concerns over the privacy policies of social media companies, especially Facebook.

Vikram Khajuria

Vikram Khajuria

A typical boy and tech enthusiast, Vikram is totally fascinated by the journey of his day from miseries to joys. Covering the journalism field, he writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better, breath it!!

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