A software bug implied a large number of Facebook users may have unwittingly presented private data on the general population, the organization has cautioned.

The glitch set a user’s post to be shared to “everybody”, regardless of whether a client had already picked a more limited choice, for example, “companions of companions”.

Facebook’s head of privacy, Erin Egan apologized to all affected users and also stated that, Users who may have been affected will be notified on the site’s newsfeed.

“We’d like to apologise for this mistake. We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts.”


“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.”

“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 apologise for this mistake.”

What did the bug do?

At the point when users post to Facebook, there is a menu choice that manages who sees that post. In the event that the user picks open, anybody can see that post.

Alternate choices restrain the gathering of people, with most users regularly posting refreshes that achieve their companions.

Facebook recalls what setting you last picked and consequently chooses it whenever you make a post.