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Software bug flipped 14 million Facebook users to ‘public’

Over a 10-day period in May, a software bug automatically updated 14 million Facebook users’ privacy settings from Private to Public, exposing their posts to a wider audience.

Facebook was testing a feature designed to help users share content.

“We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts,” Facebook Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) Erin Egan said in a statement. “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.”