A few months ago, the Facebook boat was rocked by the Cambridge Analytica Scandal and the implications of this scandal have been far reaching. The privacy data breach has led to the EU setting new privacy guidelines and the US Senate grilling Zuckerberg and considering regulation of the social network.
One step forward, two steps back…
Facebook did make attempts to tighten these gaps and had made some strides. From teaching kids how their data is used to placing limits on how user data is shared with third parties. Just when it appeared those wounds were healed, Facebook have taken a few steps backwards again. According to Facebook itself, the publishing settings of users with private posts was changed to public without the consent of said users.
This means if your posts were accessible only to a distinct group of users – such as your friends or individuals and not your entire friends list- they may have been suddenly changed to public without your knowledge. This is a big deal because total strangers would have access to your pictures and other information you probably don’t want them to have.
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A drop in the ocean
The bug affected 14 million users which is just a fraction of Facebook’s 2.19 billion users. 0.63% if we are being exact. It’s a drop in the ocean but because of the timing and the general conversation around Facebook right now this will definitely bring back controversy and conversations concerning regulation with regards to the social site.
If you’re wondering whether you were affected by this issue you can just check your notifications as Facebook is notifying affected users:
At least with this incident Facebook came clean on their own and no one had to stumble upon it like the Cambridge Analytica incident.