Facebook Slammed Over Chat Flaw
Facebook has once again had to deal with a privacy scandal after a serious flaw was uncovered in its instant-messaging function. The social network has since fixed the flaw that let members read each other’s private live chats and see pending friend requests. Security expert Graham Cluley of Sophos accused the company of taking liberties with members’ privacy. “In the past Facebook has insisted that privacy is its ‘highest priority’, but there is growing concern that the site has played fast and loose with the personal information of its 400 million users,” he said. A Facebook spokeswoman said: “For a limited period of time, a bug permitted some users’ chat messages and pending friend requests to be made visible to their friends by manipulating the ‘preview my profile’ feature of Facebook privacy settings.”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg was recently criticised by campaigners for saying that the age of privacy on the web was over.