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Mark Zuckerberg Pledges $120 Million

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mashable There are some things on Facebook you just can't hide — and it appears your list of friends is among them.

The social network allows you to set the visibility of your friends list, so if you want to keep that list private, you can do so by setting the list visibility to "Only Me." The problem is that other users can still see some of your friends even if they can't access the full list, and while Facebook explains some of this on the privacy setting screen, the "Only Me" setting doesn't actually limit your friends list to only you.

For starters, you can see if you have mutual friends with another user even if that user's friends list is set to private. That means that you are able to see a sampling of that user's connections even if they've changed the privacy setting to "Only Me."


Facebook alerts users of this on the friend list privacy settings screen, but you may not notice unless you pay special attention. The warning reads:

Remember: Your friends control who can see their friendships on their own timelines. If people can see your friendship on another timeline, they'll be able to see it in news feed, search and other places on Facebook. They'll also be able to see mutual friends on your timeline.

What this means is that your friends list is really only as safe as the privacy settings used by your friends your friends list is really only as safe as the privacy settings used by your friends.

CyberInt, a group focused on information security and cyber warfare, demonstrated how a hacker (or really anyone with time on their hands) could take advantage of this privacy issue to piece together a user's entire friends list.

You are able to view the mutual friends of any two users on Facebook, so long as one of the two users shares his friend


A Facebook spokesperson sent Mashable the following statement regarding the friends list privacy setting: "While you can control who sees the full list of your friends on your Timeline, there may be other ways for people to find out who your friends are on Facebook. For example, even if you’ve limited who can see your friend list, people can still see the friend lists of your friends if they are in the audience for those lists.”
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  • #1
    09-07-2014 11:36 AM Matt :
    Give them all laptops, free internet and a giant all encompassing dose of Khan like Academy. Traditional education is bloated and inept. Barriers to entry are contrived and the results (graduates) are ill prepared for today’s world.abysmal. Time to change the paradigm when it comes to modern education. Sorry indentured educators, but the good ship lollipop is over.
  • #2
    09-07-2014 11:37 AM Lainer :
    Mark Zuckerman pays AOL Huff Post News 120 million dollars to stop posting comments that are not Facebook Account related. Another One Percenter taking over our choices.
  • #3
    09-07-2014 11:38 AM Abed :
    I used to be a teacher in a small poor community in the UK after I finished college and I had to spend a lot of my low salary on buying additional resources for my students. This may work. At least he is showing some care for the working poor and maybe just maybe some of the poor kids will have an opportunity not usually given.