A flaw in Facebook’s image sharing feature briefly exposed private user photos and created tremors in the blogosphere. The flaw was reportedly discovered by a Canadian technician who was not convinced by last week’s announcement that Facebook had significantly increased the power of its privacy tools. Before the social network was able to put in a fix, a series of “private” images from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s page were pulled, along with a few from Paris Hilton and others.
While Hilton and Zuckerberg’s name helped draw attention to this oversight, many believe that the real story here is a reminder that there is no such thing as complete privacy online. MySpace had similar difficulties last year, bloggers point out, and this likely will not be the last time that software flaws are exploited to view data said to be private.