Sharing privately with friends on Facebook — may have been very public

❝ As many as 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting items they only wanted their friends or smaller groups to see may have been posting that content publicly, the company said Thursday.

According to Facebook, a software bug — which was live for 10 days in May — updated the audience for some users’ posts to “public” without any warning. Facebook typically lets users select the audiences who get to see posts; that setting is “sticky,” which means it remains the default until it is manually updated.

And then there’s a school of thought that believes there never was a bug. Just a switch clicked or left switched on – accidentally.

One thought on “Sharing privately with friends on Facebook — may have been very public

  1. Chump-O-Gram says:

    Also: “Facebook maintained secret deals with a handful of companies, allowing them to gain “special access to user records,” long after it cut off most developers’ access to such user data back in 2015, according to a new Friday report by the Wall Street Journal, citing court documents it did not publish and other unnamed sources.
    These arrangements, which were known as “whitelists,” reportedly allowed “certain companies to access additional information about a user’s Facebook friends,” including phone numbers.”
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/06/facebook-let-select-companies-have-special-access-to-user-data-per-report/ The new report on Facebook is separate from the other disclosure of data sharing with 60 device makers, and the other recent revelation that a “bug” made private posts of 14 million users public.

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