Palestinian information system expert Khalil Shreateh discovered a bug that allowed Facebook users to post on the Timelines of other Facebook users, even when they were not connected as friends, but when he submitted it to the social network’s white hat program, Facebook Security responded that it was not a bug. So Shreateh went straight to the top, exploiting the bug to post on the Timeline of none other than Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook has been trying to rethink emoticons. First, it placed them in status updates, but now it wants to go a little deeper. BuzzFeed reported Friday that Facebook has turned to a Pixar artist (as well as the work of Charles Darwin) to create new emoticons that really get in touch with how people feel.
Facebook Software Engineer Matt Jones responded to a report on Hacker News about a loophole in emails sent out by the social network that could have allowed anyone who found the content of those emails via Google searches to access users’ accounts without entering passwords.
Accidents happen, including during the course of operating and maintaining a social network with more than 900 million monthly average users. So when image-sharing site Imgur was accidentally blocked from Facebook for a short time, it was refreshing to receive an actual explanation of what happened and an apology, rather than the typical press release-style rhetoric that often accompanies such situations.