A bug in Facebook’s code briefly gave users access to other users’ Facebook photos — including those of Mark Zuckerberg — without permission Tuesday.
Members of a body building forum first spotted the bug, which appeared in a new feature that allowed people to report multiple instances of inappropriate content simultaneously. If you reported a photo for reasons of “nudity or pornography,” you were given the option to “take action by selecting additional photos to include with your report”. You were then shown additional recent photos from the same profile to flag if inappropriate. Unfortunately, photos were shown regardless of their owners’ photo privacy settings.
Facebook has since removed the feature from its site.
“This was the result of one of our recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug