A flaw in Facebook has been fixed, which lets people access private photos on other people’s profiles by using the image reporting tool.
When users report inappropriate profiles photos, they are then asked why they believe they are inappropriate.
By ticking the “nudity or pornography” box, the site lets users “take action by selecting additional photos” for their report. Users are then able to select extra photos which have been normally kept private from them.
Some private photos from Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s profile were found using this method, which include photos of Zuckerberg posing with his girlfriend, photos of Zuckerberg eating sushi and pictures of when he met US President Barack Obama.
Facebook has since fixed the flaw, saying it was down to a glitch and that only a few users were affected. It said the bug was only live for a limited period of time.
Facebook has dealt with numerous privacy issues in the past and has since tried to become more open about how users can control their data on Facebook.
In regards to this image reporting flaw, Facebook said it dealt with the issue as soon as it discovered it and said the integrity of user data was its priority.