Facebook privacy: New questions after bug exposed more user information(Read article summary)
For the second time in two months, a Facebook privacy bug compromised profiles. Oops.
Alright, Facebook, we get it – you're the most popular social network in the world (and at least twice, you've been the most popular site in America). You've got a lot of business to handle. A lot of moving parts to control. A lot of members to make happy. But is it too much to ask for you to tighten up Facebook privacy?
In March, a Facebook bug exposed the private email addresses of many users, and erased the functionality that allows users to hide some contact information. Facebook fans pointed out that this sort of thing seemed to be happening an awful lot, and Facebook apologized, and fixed the problem.
Today, several blogs reported the existence of a new bug – one that apparently allowed users to peruse their friends' private chat messages, and even see other users' pending friend requests. Facebook patched up this bug too, but not before news of the problem careened around the Web.