Although you're about to see about how one of Facebook's flaws exposed its own founder's private photos, there's no need to worry about your photo security at this point as Facebook has already fixed the flaw.
Here are some photos released from Mark Zuckerberg's profile. Guess what: he posts photos just like the rest of us:
Here's what happened before the flaw was fixed. On a body building forum -- an odd location for this sort of instruction -- someone posted step-by-step instructions about how to capitalize on a glitch that would let you see someone's private Facebook pictures, according to Business Insider. Here's how it worked:
- Pick someone whose photos you want to view
- Report the person's profile photo as inappropriate
- Give nudity or pornography as the reason for it being inappropriate
- Check "Help us take action by selecting additional photos to include with your report"
- Right click any other image from the person's profile and open it in a new tab to view the full image
Although Facebook has already disabled the "Help us take action" option that would allow one to see additional photos, it was still enough time for someone to turn the tables on Facebook's own CEO.
Before the post, called "I teach you how to view private Facebook photos" according to Fox News, on the body building forum was removed and the flaw fixed, CNET reported that it only worked on some profiles but not others. Facebook provided this statement to CNET:
"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 was a result of one of our most recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Not all content was accessible, rather a small number of one's photos. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed."
Check out more of Zuckerberg's pictures here.
All this comes on the heels of Facebook's FTC settlement last week over charges that the company misled users about the privacy of their personal information. In the settlement, Facebook submitted to 20 years of audits and providing users with opt-in (instead of opt-out) capability when changes to security features are made. Interestingly, it was announced this week that Facebook has picked the name for its new address in Menlo Park, Calif., and it's an odd choice for a site that has had many security problems and issues with user privacy. According to Tech Crunch (via Gawker) Facebook headquarters is now 1 Hacker Way.
Facebook also recently wrapped up a job audition for hackers to find a place within its company. Facebook's Hackathon, according to Wired, has 14 schools invited to participate. Doing well in the hackathon isn't an automatic job offer, but Wired reports that it gives candidates an edge in the hiring process with the company. This year a team from Princeton University won for an app it created called Accessorize.