Weeks after a report alleged that Facebook sold its users data to the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, Facebook on Thursday said a software bug led users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. Facebook said it affected as many as its 14 million users. According to reports, the users’ privacy was clearly compromised. The privacy bug was active for 10 days, between May 18 and May 27 and automatically changed users’ post settings to public, without users permission. Soon after the reports of glitch become public, Facebook said it would apologize to its 14 million users and would notify them that posts they intended to share privately may have been shared publicly.
In the recent times, Facebook has failed to regain the trust of its users after Cambridge Analytica controversy, though it announced that company will update its privacy feature to rebuild its trust with users. Speaking on the matter, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, said that he wants to inform the users that their posts were made public due to a privacy bug. He further added that company would inform all users about the privacy glitch.
When asked about the time period when it happened, he said the privacy bug was active between May 18 and May 27. He said the company will issue an apology to its all users after we will let them know about the glitch. The social media giant’s relationship with users has been adversely affected due to growing privacy concerns, especially after the Cambridge Analytica row, which has diminished company’s image badly.
Egan, according to CNBC, said they rectified the privacy glitch on May, but could not change the privacy settings of all posts. Assuring users for growing privacy concerns, he said we are going to inform the all 14 million users affected due to this privacy bug.