Facebook privacy settings bug reveals Mark Zuckerberg’s private photos, glitch now fixed

By on Dec 7, 2011 in Europe, Internet, Software, Technology, United States, World Comments

The privacy settings of Facebook had a bug that caused some users’ private photos to be viewed, including that from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as shown below, but the top social networking site said the glitch has been fixed.

As noted at CNET.com on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, the Facebook bug was first learned at BodyBuilding.com forum, while using a tool designed to allow users to report inappropriate images.

On a particular thread, a step by step instruction on how to view others photo at Facebook was revealed, using the Facebook photo reporting tool, despite having privacy settings, including Mark Zuckerberg’s private photos.

According to reports, there were a total of 14 Mark Zuckerberg private photos revealed, including the ones showing him talking to US President Barack Obama, cooking with his girlfriend Priscilla Chan, holding a chicken, among others.

BBC News reported that they asked permission from Facebook before they published some of them on their website, but they were told that they will not pursue copyright infringement claims anymore.

Meanwhile, Facebook admitted that there had been a bug on their privacy settings that allowed some users to view others’ photos despite the privacy setting is activated, with a Facebook spokesperson sending an email to CNET, as read below, confirming that the bug has been fixed.

“Earlier today, we discovered a bug in one of our reporting flows that allows people to report multiple instances of inappropriate content simultaneously. 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.

This was the result of one of our recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed.”

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, with girlfriend Priscilla Chan
Image Credit: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook.com

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