A Belgian security researcher has found a bizarre Facebook glitch that lets you search for photos of your female friends, but refuses to do the same for your male friends, reports The Next Web.
When you type “photos of my female friends” into the search bar, Facebook will produce a random selection of photos of your female friends. Switch to “photos of my male friends” and the social network returns with a selection of random pictures from across the platform. Facebook will also kindly ask if you meant to type “female,” assuming you mistyped “photos of my male friends” into the search bar. This glitch was discovered by Belgian white-hat hacker Inti De Ceukelaire.
In 2017, Inti De Ceukelaire used Facebook’s private search functionality to find the email address of the First Lady of the United States; Melania Trump. The white-hat hacker also runs a site called StalkScan, which allows Facebook users to check what kinds of information their profiles are leaking. In an interview with The Next Web, De Ceukelaire said he believes Facebook may have taken steps to stop the website from working.
The list of Facebook’s many troubles keeps on growing. Two months ago, it came into light that the social network app is undeletable from Android devices. According to a 2019 report by Privacy International, Facebook was tracking Android users even if they didn’t have a Facebook account.
The report stated: “Facebook routinely tracks users, non-users and logged-out users outside its platform through Facebook Business Tools. App developers share data with Facebook through the Facebook Software Developer Kit (SDK), a set of software development tools that help developers build apps for a specific operating system.”