Facebook Glitch: Mark Zuckerberg’s Private Photos Revealed [Gallery]

Mark Zuckerberg’s private photos have leaked thanks to a security glitch on Facebook.

  • Mark Zuckerberg (left) with unknown man. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg (left) with unknown man. Photo: Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla Chan. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla Chan. Photo: Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg (right) with friends. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg (right) with friends. Photo: Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla and friends. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla and friends. Photo: Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla Chan making sushi. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla Chan making sushi. Photo: Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla Chan. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla Chan. Photo: Facebook
  • Some of the photographs were already publicly available earlier like this one, on which Mark Zuckerberg meets with President Barack Obama. Photo: FacebookSome of the photographs were already publicly available earlier like this one, on which Mark Zuckerberg meets with President Barack Obama. Photo: Facebook
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  • Mark Zuckerberg’s private photographs also include a photo of him holding an apparently live chicken by its legs. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg’s private photographs also include a photo of him holding an apparently live chicken by its legs. Photo: Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg with his Hungarian sheepdog puppy, Beast. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg with his Hungarian sheepdog puppy, Beast. Photo: Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla Chan and their Hungarian sheepdog puppy, Beast. Photo: FacebookMark Zuckerberg with girlfriend Priscilla Chan and their Hungarian sheepdog puppy, Beast. Photo: Facebook
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is shown in a series of candid shots with his girlfriend Priscilla Chan and their Hungarian sheepdog puppy, Beast. Photo: FacebookFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is shown in a series of candid shots with his girlfriend Priscilla Chan and their Hungarian sheepdog puppy, Beast. Photo: Facebook

A glitch in Facebook allowed users to watch Zuckerberg’s private pictures, including a few with his girlfriend. It is not the first time the social network has come under attack due to its constantly changing privacy and security settings that made some information, such as photos and comments, available for public.

Pictures taken from Zuckerberg’s account were posted on the Imgur photo sharing site and shared widely on Twitter on Wednesday.

The images don’t mean anything scandalous, just photos that Zuckerberg chose to be private, for his own reasons. Among fourteen images shared with a photo site there were images of Zuckerberg holding what seems to be a dead chicken, Zuckerberg at home with friends, and distributing Halloween candy to kids.

On Nov. 27, an anonymous user of Web forum Bodybuilding.com explained step-by-step how to access photos uploaded by Facebook users, even if the images are private.

“The bug allowed anyone to view a limited number of another user’s most recently uploaded photos irrespective of the privacy settings for these photos,” Facebook said in a statement after the leakage.

“This was the result of one of our recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed.”

The glitch occurred one week after the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with the social network, accusing the site of engaging in “unfair and deceptive” that required Facebook to be more transparent about its privacy policies.

The commission’s order was performed in December 2009, when Facebook, “without warning its users or seeking consent, made public information that users had deemed to be private on their Facebook pages,” according to The New York Times.

Zuckerberg’s private images were showed to public in order to demonstrate the effect could have on Facebook users, many of whom have been complaining about the site’s privacy policies. Zuckerberg, being an advocate for sharing content across his network and others, has also made his some of his Google+ content private – although Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have taken the same tack.

Zuckerberg has apologized many times for Facebook’s privacy changings and redesigns, even going so far as to pre-apologize for the company’s new Timeline, which has yet to be rolled out across the network’s entire user base.

Zuckerberg said in a statement that “even if our record on privacy were perfect, I think many people would still rightfully question how their information was protected”.

“It’s important for people to think about this, and not one day goes by when I don’t think about what it means for us to be the stewards of this community and their trust,” he added.

The New York dentist’s son has lived in Palo Alto since he moved Facebook to Silicon Valley straight from his Harvard dormitory room in 2004.

Facebook, having more than 800 million users worldwide, is expected to go public next year, a move that will value the company. However, as Facebook’s popularity skyrocketed, it took some backlash for making users’ information allowed to marketing companies and advertisers. [Via PCMag, The Daily Mail and eWeek]

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