Facebook announce fixes another privacy malfunction

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Facebook announce fixes another privacy malfunction


Due to which it is called a "bug," Facebook was forced to clean up another privacy snack this week.

For about a week in late May, the social giant's system automatically suggested that select users should publish their posts publicly. As was misused by some news outlets, Facebook did not automatically publish users posts in general, nor did the slip-up involve the private messages of users.

Still, Facebook put out a statement on Thursday in which it described the malfunction as a "significant mistake."


In total, approximately 14 million users may be affected by the malfunction, and Facebook says it is in the process of alerting each of them.

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Erin Egan, chief privacy officer in Facebook, tried to explain where the teabit was going wrong on Thursday.

"This bug is done as we are building a new way to share featured items on your profile, like a picture," he said in a blog post. "Because the featured items are public, the suggested audience for all new articles - not just the items - was public."

In general, each time someone shares something on Facebook, they are presented with an "audience selector" so they can decide who can see your post.

For Facebook, the ultimate privacy sentence may not come in a worse time.

Exactly when critics were moving to Facebook from the analbitica scandal, it was revealed that the company based phone makers with access to massive amounts of user data.


Among more than 60 other companies, Facebook admitted to sharing user data with Huawei, a company closely connected to the Chinese government, which was flagged by US. It. Officials as a threat to National Security.

In its defense, Facebook insists that partnerships with hardware makers are a common industry practice, while Facebook integrations with Huawei and other Chinese companies are "controlled" from their inception.

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