Jonathan Mayer, a professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University, said on Twitter that this latest privacy gaffe "looks like a viable Federal Trade Commission/state attorney general deception case".
Facebook Inc. had a software bug for 10 days in May that set the audience for people's posts to "public", even if they had meant to share them just with friends, or a smaller audience.
"We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts", said Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer. 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.
"We'd like to apologize for this mistake", Egan said. This bug affects posts shared between May 18 and May 22.
The news follows recent furor over Facebook's sharing of user data with device makers, including China's Huawei. Anyone whose posts were mistakenly made public will see a notification on their Facebook account-both the mobile app and website-entitled "Please Review Your Posts".
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If the user did not notice the setting had changed, they may have posted something publicly that was not intended for that wider audience. The notifications about the bug leads to a page of info about the issue, with a link to review affected posts. During that time, the privacy settings on some users' posts were changed to public without any warning. And it plans to show more of these types of alerts to be forthcoming about any other privacy issues it discovers in the future.
Facebook is now in the process of rolling out new privacy menus to all of its 2 billion users. It moved too fast, and it broke something.
The mistake happened, that company said, when it was building a new way for people to share "featured items" on their profiles.
Facebook reassured users the problem has now been fixed.