Facebook says privacy settings for 14M users were switched to public due to bug

If you’re keeping a list of Facebook apologies for 2018, you can now add “apologizes for accidentally setting 14 million users privacy status to public without their knowledge” to your list.

From May 18 to May 22, Facebook accidentally changed the privacy setting for status updates for 14 million users to public from whatever previous option they had set, according to TechCrunch. The incident, which Facebook defined as a “bug,” was the result of the company’s work on a ‘featured items’ option that is designed to highlight photos and other content that are publicly visible.

TechCrunch says Facebook mistakenly extended the public setting connected to the ‘featured items’ option to all new posts from those users.

Facebook chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, sent the following statement to TechCrunch:

We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts.

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