Facebook website bug releases private information of 6 million

Facebook website bug releases private information of 6 million users

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Six million users' information were leaked by a Facebook bug. Six million users' information were leaked by a Facebook bug.
"There's still a way for people to get through back doors like this bug and this leak to get information that you wouldn't want shared," said Travis Koop. "There's still a way for people to get through back doors like this bug and this leak to get information that you wouldn't want shared," said Travis Koop.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - How much is too much to share when it comes to social media?

Some Facebook users found out the hard way that providing personal information to the site may not be the best idea.

Facebook says a bug in its system caused the contact information of six million users to be exposed, including their phone numbers and email addresses.

Experts say recent exposure is a good reminder to think twice before you post.

These days, just about everyone has a Facebook page. Logging in to stay connected is now just a normal part of life.

"I started using Facebook when I was a senior in high school. I'll scroll through the news feed and see what my friends are up to," said Lauren Mullane of Knoxville.

This recent release of private information has Facebook users like Mullane thinking a little bit harder about what they're sharing online.

"I've never put my phone number on there. I've never put my home address," said Mullane.

Experts from The IT Company in Knoxville say there are several ways you can protect your personal information.

"You just need to be conscious of it and think, 'Do I really need to share this?'" said Travis Koop, help desk technician at The IT Company.

First, make sure you're taking advantage of Facebook's privacy settings, only letting users you know see your posts.

"Each one of these has multiple layers to it that you can go into and modify," said Koop.

Secondly, be aware of what you're providing to the site itself. Koop says it's never smart to give out information like your phone.

"There's still a way for people to get through back doors like this bug and this leak to get information that you wouldn't want shared," said Koop.

Users like Mullane say they know that with any website, bugs can be a problem.

"It is a risk that you take when you go on Facebook," said Mullane.

That's why they take steps of their own to keep their private information exactly that.

"If you don't pay attention to those security settings and you don't pay attention to your privacy, then you could be releasing a lot of information you're not aware of," said Mullane.

Facebook says the problem on the site has been fixed and they're in the process of letting affected users know if their information was released via email.

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