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A Facebook security flub briefly allowed users to view members’ private photos regardless of restrictive settings, exposing several members, including the social media tycoon himself, Mark Zuckerberg, CNN reports.
The company, which recently settled complaints by the Federal Trade Commission for failing to protect user data, had to work swiftly to rectify the problem Tuesday.
"This was the result of one of our recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time," Facebook said in a written statement. "Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed."
During the glitch, someone could gain access to personal photos by manipulating Facebook’s “block” or “report a member”, a feature used to flag a member for having an inappropriate profile picture or report abuse such as bullying.
Using the feature allowed photos to be viewed that weren’t available for public access, including photos of Zuckerberg's girlfriend and a photo with himself and President Obama.
Facebook corrected the problem and released a statement saying ““The privacy of our user’s data is a top priority for us, and we invest significant resources in protecting our site and the people who use it”.
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