A brief breach in Facebook’s privacy shield on Tuesday caused the social networking giant to accidentally reveal the private email addresses of users to the world. This means your email address could be viewed by someone who is not in your friend list. The bug was fixed in 30 minutes, but by then dozens of people had noticed and complained about the breach of privacy.
One tipster documented the breach in real time:
6:46PM: I cannot fucking believe it. Everybody’s email has been turned on to the public for at least the past 30 min. I tried going into my account to remove my email b/c I have an issue with a crazed stalker. But I wasn’t able to. God I fucking hate FB!! When will they ever learn?!
7:14PM: It looks like FB fixed it now. For my account anyway, it’s not longer
showing up to the public. And for about 30 of the other FB users I was
testing this with (who I am not connected to but who I know have their
profiles totally locked down/private), their emails are no longer
public. But some of them still are…