Tuesday, 20 August 2013
The farce that is Facebook...
Let me be straight up front about this : I have always thought that Mark Zucherberg was a dick head and that Facebook is crap and getting crappier with every update...
So you can imagine how delighted I was when a story emerged that a Palestinian hacker, Khalil Shreateh, discovered a glitch that allows anyone to post to a stranger's Facebook wall.
Seems, however, that Khalil was an honest sort of fellow and notified Facebook that he had found the bug. Facebook, to be fair, offer a $500 bounty to anyone who find shit in their programming. Now you might think that they'd be grateful and that $500 to an organisation like Facebook amounts to around about two thirds of one half of fuck all. But you'd be wrong.
Facebook initially ignored him and then told him that it wasn't a glitch because they'd fixed it the day before. That, of course, would be the day after he told them about it in the first place.
Khalil was, understandably, not very impressed - so he politely informed Zuckerberg in person of the problem by using the bug to post directly to his personal Facebook page.
He was very polite and simply informed Zuckerberg what he had found. He even apologised for invading Zuckerbergs personal space. ‘Sorry for breaking your privacy,’ he wrote in a since removed post, ‘I had no other choice…after all the reports I sent to Facebook team.'
You think he'd be grateful. You think he'd kick some arses. But no again. Facebook now got snotty with the guy demanding to know how he'd done it. Well, surely they know how he did it if they'd already fixed it and, indeed, if they had listened to him in the first place.
And the official line? Matt jones, their security wallah, said 'In order to qualify for a payout you must "make a good faith effort to avoid privacy violations" and "use a test account instead of a real account when investigating bugs". By posting to Zuckerbergs account, Shreateh violated the terms of service and will not be rewarded for his find. Nonetheless, Facebook welcomes Shreateh to inform them of any additional glitches he finds for them in the future.'
Apparently Zuckerberg claims to have invented 'poking'.
Well, Mark, you're well and truly poked now aren't you?