Facebook Sneakily Changed The Number Of People Affected By Password Bug From ‘Thousands’ To ‘Millions’

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Facebook added this paragraph to their blog post, which, and I am just spitballing here, was probably not seen by most Instagram users.

(Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM PT: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed).

But wait again, it somehow gets even WORSE.

According to The Daily Dot

Facebook also came under fire late last month after it was learned that the social media site was asking individuals looking to create new accounts to provide the passwords to their personal emails for verification purposes. Just this Wednesday, it was learned that after obtaining those passwords, Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million people and used the data for advertising purposes.

Facebook’s statement about that unauthorized invasion of people’s internet privacy?

“Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. “When we looked into the steps people were going through to verify their accounts we found that in some cases people’s email contacts were also unintentionally uploaded to Facebook when they created their account.”

Oh, well, since they did it “unintentionally” that’s makes it all okay, right?

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