Geez, Mark Zuckerberg, you’re just not winning, hey?
Not long after WhatsApp messily parted ways from Facebook, the social media platform announced on Thursday that a software glitch mistakenly made 14 million users’ posts public over a period of 10 days in May, even if the users had intended for those posts to be private.
*Mumbles something about Cambridge Analytica cursing us all* No wonder Jim Carrey is asking us to ‘unfriend’ Facebook.
So how did Facebook manage to screw up this time? Quartz explains:
During the period, any post an affected user published on Facebook would have automatically been posted publicly. The bug affected Facebook posts between May 18 and 27; although Facebook fixed the error on May 22, it took five days to reverse the problem for all affected posts.
Five. Flipping. Days.
I almost want to laugh and cry at the same time, but frankly, all of Facebook’s antics haven’t made it worth my time or energy to do so.
So what’s being done, and how can you tell if you’re one of those millions affected?
Per the report:
Facebook said that it was today beginning to notify affected users. 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.” The affected users will then be shown which posts were marked public during the glitch.
So if you get a notification like this, that means your account was breached, and that one or more of your posts went public for everyone with a Facebook account.
Now it’s just a matter of counting down the minutes before Facebook goes and screws up again.
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