OUCH! Facebook Bug Exposes Data of 6 Million Users

facebooklogo(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Facebook made a big admission on Friday: data pertaining to 6 million users was inadvertently made available via the social network’s DYI tool (Download Your Information).

The data included info related to contact lists and address books uploaded by users – something Facebook utilizes to help make friend recommendations.

“As a result, if a person went to download an archive of their Facebook account through our Download Your Information (DYI) tool, they may have been provided with additional email addresses or telephone numbers for their contacts or people with whom they have some connection. This contact information was provided by other people on Facebook and was not necessarily accurate, but was inadvertently included with the contacts of the person using the DYI tool,” explained the social network.

Meanwhile, the company moved to send email messages to affected users. With over one billion users, Facebook is the world’s top social network.