Facebook Glitch Brings New Privacy Worries

Thursday May 6th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Yesterday, a bug allowed Facebook users to view their friends' private chats for a short period of time.

NY Times: On Wednesday, some Facebook users suddenly discovered that they could access their friends' chats and other supposedly private information. Although the company quickly patched the security hole, analysts say it raises even more questions about the social networking company's commitment to privacy.

For it's part, Facebook is defending itself against critics. “For a service that has grown as dramatically as we have grown, that now assists with more than 400 million people sharing billions of pieces of content with their friends and the institutions they care about, we think our track record for security and safety is unrivaled,” said Elliot Schrage, the company’s vice president for public policy. “Are we perfect? Of course not.”

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