Facebook admits to glitch affecting 14 million people

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 2 years ago

Facebook has confessed to an error causing the private status updates of some 14 million users to become public, according to a Facebook statement. This is a rare instance in which Facebook has confessed to a privacy issue prior to any reporting on the issue.

This news comes on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which dogged the company earlier this year. In an official statement, Facebook said regarding the latest incident that “We’ve heard loud and clear that we need to be more transparent about how we build our products and how these products use your data— including when things go wrong. And that is what we are doing here.”

Facebook so far seems to have weather the storm from past controversies. The company remains very profitable, with a strong global presence. Although the company has had several controversies over the years, it has grown by leaps and bounds.

Previously this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had appeared before the US Congress and European Parliament to discuss the impact of his platform on democracy across the globe, with the Cambridge Analytica being the impetus. According to Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, the scandal has caused the biggest cultural shift the company has seen in 10 years.