Facebook apologises after bug changes privacy status of users

Facebook apologised to millions of its users after a bug changed their privacy settings making posts public for five days last month. The software glitch came amid criticism against the social media giant over its privacy and data protection standards following the Cambridge Analytica scandal in April. The bug changed the default posting setting from private to public for up to 14 million users from May 18-22. Facebook began fixing the issue on May 22 and completed it in five days. The glitch started after Facebook introduced a new feature for users to share their photos and other content associated with their account. Facebook’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan apologised to its users for the glitch and requested them to review their posts published during that time. Lawmakers in the US pulled up Facebook this week after it admitted that Chinese phone maker Huawei was one of the companies authorised to access vast amounts of user data. Washington suspects Huawei is linked to China’s Communist Party. In April, Facebook admitted that it improperly shared personal user data with the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which was hired to influence voter opinion in the 2016 Brexit referendum in Britain as well as the US election campaign that year.