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Facebook Blooper Site Highlights Privacy Problems

A new site has surfaced that allows people to search for embarrassing posts made on Facebook.

FacebookSearch (opens in new tab) allows users to search for status updates made by Facebook members using the flimsy privacy control protocol implemented by Facebook, according to a report by tech blog The Register (opens in new tab).

The site reveals how ignorant Facebook users are about the privacy controls provided by the social networking giant, and highlights the lack of effort made by Facebook to enlighten users about these measures and simplify the whole process of protecting privacy.

A Facebook spokesperson said: “Only posts (status updates, notes) which are Everyone and Page names are available unless you authenticate with an app (e.g. the TweetDeck app is a desktop client you can use to search over your own status updates).”

Facebook has faced repeated attacks on its privacy policy from an array of campaigners including a group of US senators, the US International Trade Commission and the European Commission.