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Facebook allegedly stored between 200 and 600 million users’ passwords in plain text, leaving them exposed to about 20,000 employees.

According to Krebs on Security, the passwords were easily searchable to the many Facebook employees going back to 2012.

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The company put out a statement about the privacy gap, saying they fixed the issues and will be notifying users whose passwords were inaccurately stored.

“To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them,” the statement reads.

Typically, passwords are protected through encrypted storage that makes them unreadable. In the statement, the social media platform outlines their security measures in place to protect people’s accounts.

Even though the company says users who were affected will not be required to change their passwords, many tech experts are suggesting users do so anyways to insure protection.

Now, see how people reacted to the news on Twitter.

Recently, both Facebook and Instagram had a massive outage due to a server change. The services were down for 14 hours and caused a frenzy on Twitter.

Additionally, in lighter news, here’s how you can enable “dark mode” on Facebook to live your true emo fantasies even when you’re scrolling through your timeline. Yes, that’s how strong our brand is.

What do you think of the Facebook security news? Sound off in the comments below!

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