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Facebook Investigating Private Photos Visibility Flaw

 5:49 pm on Dec 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Facebook Investigating Private Photos Visibility Flaw [zdnet.com]
‘Report abuse’ features in Facebook give users access to personal, private and hidden photos, which would normally be hidden from view.

The flaw was spotted by members of a body building forum, no less. In a nutshell, the flaw allows Facebook users to access photos revealed by the report abuse tool.

Only a handful of images are presented to the user as part of the ‘report’ feature, which is used by Facebook to maintain decency and remove harmful images, posts or content.


Robert Charlton

 8:00 pm on Dec 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'd say ROFL if it weren't frightening. I can't bring myself to quote or paraphrase from the article more on the nature of the flaw, not until I know they've fixed it.

FB's implementation is such an unbelievably stupid approach for getting user feedback that it boggles the mind. You'd think by now they would have a handle on the basics of designing access rights into a social network. Those new CPOs (Chief Privacy Officers) are going to have a lot on their plates.

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