Facebook suffers a data breach about how it’s hoping to stop the media talking about its last data breach

Facebook suffers a data breach about how it’s hoping to stop the media talking about its last data breach




Oh dear. Facebook has suffered another data breach.


Hot on the heels of the revelation that the phone numbers and personal data of half a billion Facebook users had been leaked online, the social network has goofed again.


But this time it’s Facebook’s PR team rather than its users who have been left exposed.




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Someone in Facebook’s EMEA Communications team seems to have accidentally forwarded an internal email to… a journalist covering the story of the Facebook data breach.





Part of the redacted email sent by Facebook to a journalist. Source: Data News.

My guess is that a Facebook employee attempted to forward the internal communication to a colleague, and their email client accidentally auto-completed the recipient’s name to be that of an external journalist. Oops!


What makes matters worse for Facebook, is that the email reveals the company’s strategy for handling questions about the exposure of 533 million users’ data, painting the problem as an issue for the whole technology industry.


Belgian journalist Pieterjan Van Leemputten was the recipient of the accidental email from Facebook on 8 April, as he describes in an article on Data News.


Part of the accidentally-sent email reviews the media coverage that Facebook has already received from the breach:



OVERALL COVERAGE: Publications have offered more critical takes of Facebook’s response framing it as evasive, a deflection of blame and absent of an apology for the ..