Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has become a victim of privacy loopholes in the social networking site, after some of his private pictures were posted online.
The bug in the website’s photo reporting tool, which Facebook says was only temporary and has now been fixed, meant that users could access others’ pictures even if they were private.
The glitch and resulting private photos of Zuckerberg went viral when software engineer Mike Rundle, of Raleigh, North Carolina, posted a link to them the on photo-sharing website Imgur, the Daily Mail reports.
But Rundle said he first saw the photos linked from a discussion on the online forum Hacker News. Zuckerberg’s long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan is pictured in most of the photos. Some of them can be viewed publically on his public Facebook profile, but others are said to be private.
According to the report, users were able to look at the private photos by ‘reporting’ a profile picture as ‘inappropriate’, which then saw other photos displayed, such as those of Zuckerberg.
Meanwhile, a Facebook spokesman told CNET the glitch happened because of ‘one of our most recent code pushes,’ but it was only live for a short time and ‘not all content was accessible’.