Facebook bug inadvertently let users posts publicly regardless of previous settings

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Credit: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/06/audience-selector-error/

Facebook just got itself involved in a bug-related issue that may further harm its reputation following the recent Cambridge Analytical data scandal. The company said a software bug has led some users to inadvertently post publicly by default regardless of their earlier settings. The social media giant said as many as 14 million accounts were affected by the bug that occurred sometimes in May.

We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts. Today we started letting the 14 million people 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.

Though, already fixed by Facebook, this latest development could send panic down the spine of many users who are still trying to recover from the last data issue.

The bug explained: Users may have unknowingly made their private post public because the bug rendered previous settings ineffective or void. The implication of this is that some of your private posts may have been unintentionally shared publicly.

Facebook said it has started notifying those affected by the bug by asking them to review any posts they made during the period in question. If you one of 14 million people affected by the bug, you will see a notification when you log in, which takes you to a page with more info. You will be able to review all posts made within the period in question.

Out of an abundance of caution we are letting anyone affected know today and asking them to review Facebook posts they made during that time. If you posted publicly, you’ll see a notification when you log in that leads to a page with more information – including a review of posts during this period.

Just to emphasize, Facebook said the issue has been fixed, and affected users only need to review their settings to have things go back to being normal.

The problem has been fixed, and for anyone affected, we changed the audience back to what they’d been using before.

A couple of weeks ago, Facebook announced a change to its two-factor authentication, making it easier in the process. Going forward, it is no longer mandatory to register a phone number to activate the process. However, and in addition to the phone number option, you can choose apps like Duo Security and Google Authenticator.

Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security for all Facebook users, and is what is obtainable in the industry at the moment. However, adding apps like the aforementioned ones could strengthen the existing arrangement and make accounts more secure.

To turn on two-factor authentication on your Facebook account, go to Settings, and then click on “Security and Login.” Navigate to the section that says “Use two-factor authentication” and choose whether you would like to use your registered phone number or an authentication app to add an extra layer of security.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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