May 19, 2022

Facebook Flaw Allowing Access to Private Photos Has Been Repaired

From ZDNet’s “Between the Lines” Column:

‘Report abuse’ features in Facebook give users access to personal, private and hidden photos that would normally be hidden from view.

The flaw, spotted by members of a body building forum, no less, 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.

The rest of the post reports how the flaw worked.

UPDATE: Facebook acknowledges photo privacy bug; Issues immediate fix

“Not all content was accessible”, the spokesperson said, adding that the flaw displayed “only a small number of one’s photos”. Once the bug was discovered, the system was immediately disabled. The reporting facility will be brought back to full capacity once Facebook can “confirm the bug has been fixed”

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