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Facebook Automatically Set 14 Million Users' Posts To Public

The bug occurred when Facebook was building a new feature.
Posted at 11:24 PM, Jun 07, 2018

Facebook is making headlines again, this time for automatically defaulting 14 million users' post settings to public. 

When posting to Facebook, your sharing settings typically default to what they were the last time you posted. So if you shared under the friends-only setting for your last post, your new post would share under it as well, unless you change it. But from May 18 to May 22, that wasn't the case. 

Facebook says it was building a new feature when the bug occurred and it has since fixed the problem. 

Facebook has been making efforts to increase its transparency recently, following a string of public scandals.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.