Facebook police, Facebook policy and Facebook privacy

Oooops… FB did it again. This also explains how we were booted off FB (see Facebook – end of story)

A surprising security hole in Facebook allows almost anyone to see pictures marked as private.

“The bug allowed anyone to view a limited number of another user’s most recently uploaded photos irrespective of the privacy settings for these photos,” Facebook said in a statement. “Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed.”

The issue stems from the site’s own reporting system, which Facebook has designed to give users power to police each other.

In this case, after a user reports another for “nudity and pornography” in their profile picture, Facebook presents them with the further option of “selecting additional photos to include with your report.”

If a user chooses to continue, Facebook provides them with an album of additional photos to discern. In FoxNews.com tests, this function consistently revealed private pictures, which the user can then resize and enlarge by adjusting bits of code.

Sources: Foxnews

And this is the hack. So simple. So stupid. So naive to think that it’s Facebook who keeps an eye on you. It’s us.

Are you still using social nets? No, wrong… Does anybody out there still believe in Internet privacy? Or just privacy?

… is there anybody .. out there …???

6 thoughts on “Facebook police, Facebook policy and Facebook privacy”

  1. When I read about this in the papers, I got the impression that something was completely wrong about this story. When I saw, which “private pictures” from Mr. Facebook himself have gone public, I was sure. Could it be, that facebook presented us a hoax, only to show, how concerned they are about privacy?

    Of course, believing this, or the original story would both bee too simple…

    I don’t like facebook and similar “social networks” and I see no good reason for any private person to use them. But then, I am one of those people, who don’t want to be on TV either. Of course, I do understand, how useful these websites are for commercial and partially commercial people. It is a great multiplier for little (or no?) money, and so it is a pity, that likera.com got kicked.

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