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Facebook Investigating Private Photos Visibility Flaw

     
5:49 pm on Dec 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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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.

8:00 pm on Dec 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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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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