By Brett Molina, USA TODAY
Facebook says a glitch may have exposed portions of the personal
contact information, such as email addresses or phone numbers, of
roughly 6 million users.
In a statement posted Friday,
the social network says the bug is tied to uploading contact lists or
address books, which are used in creating friend recommendations.
of the bug, some of the information used to make friend recommendations
and reduce the number of invitations we send was inadvertently stored
in association with people's contact information as part of their
account on Facebook," reads a statement from Facebook Security. "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."
says the bug has been fixed, and no other personal or financial
information was compromised. Also, the social network says they have
found no proof the glitch is being used maliciously.
Facebook insists it will likely have little impact, the company
apologized for the glitch. "It's still something we're upset and
embarrassed by, and we'll work doubly hard to make sure nothing like
this happens again."