The company is also still recovering from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm got access to the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users. Facebook is now notifying 14 million people around the world who were potentially impacted by the bug to review their status updates and lock them down tighter if need be. If users did not notice the new default suggestion, they unwittingly sent their post to a broader audience than they had intended.
"We'd like to apologize for this mistake", Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, said in a statement seen by Recode.
Facebook, which has 2.2 billion users, says the bug was active from May 18 until May 27.
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The company said that it's informing 14 million of its users who may have accidentally shared their posts publicly because of this bug. We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time.
This week, it has been answering questions about the nature of data-sharing deals with handset makers including Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE. It happened when the platform started building a "featured items" section in profiles for users to highlight content of their choosing.
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Considering that Facebook has almost 2.2 billion users worldwide, the number of affected users is small. That way, users can reset a post that was inadvertently set to public back to being shared just with friends if they would like.
A Facebook post's privacy settings, with a checkmark next to the users' chosen default setting. In the meantime, it has reverted the audience for any affected posts to whatever setting the user had selected previously.
Affected Facebook users received a notification on the app or website starting Thursday.
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