Can you imagine that you are ready to post photos and messages on Facebook to share them with your friends, but actually appear as public on your wall? That is the situation to which about 14 million users have been exposed due to a Facebook privacy bug for more than a week in May.
Even though users continue to make use of Facebook , in case of Cambridge Analytica marked a before and after in the company of Mark Zuckerberg . Since then, cases and information that put the commercial policies practiced by it have come to the fore. The last case was motivated by a Facebook privacy error that has been able to compromise the publications of up to 14 million users.
From today, those affected have begun to receive a notification with a statement from the company in which they state what exactly was the motive of privacy failure on Facebook , the measures taken shortly after and the recommendation to review each of the publications in the period of time during which this error has been maintained.
And what exactly is that Facebook privacy bug ? As we can read in TechCrunch , the testing of a new feature caused an error that automatically set the Privacy settings of messages in public, regardless of the user’s customized settings.
So, if those affected did not realize at the time, all publications made between May 18 and 27 could have been exposed to the eyes of all users. Therefore, if you posted a photo and only wanted to share it with a few friends, the end result may be that this photo is visible to all Facebook users.
The company noticed the error shortly after, on May 22, at which time it began to fix the private mode for all publications made by those affected. That work was maintained for five days, until May 27.
This fact is another case of how Facebook’s privacy hangs in the balance.