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Storify, Facebook mix-up reminds users to be careful what they post

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Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 01:01


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A blog post about Storify finding a “loophole” into people’s private Facebooks has left the internet in a frenzy.

AGBeat blogger, Lani Rosales, posted a blog entitled, “Facebook private status updates made public by Storify.” In her blog Rosales said that Julie Pippert, founder and director of Artful Media Group, discovered this by accident.

According to Rosales, Pippert was on a friend’s Facebook, which was on stricter privacy settings, and was able to press the “Storify” button under her friend’s status. This sent the status to Storify, allowing Pippert to use it. In turn this also made her friends private status, public. The “Storify” button is available by a Google Chrome extension or booklet.

Despite Pipperts friends Facebook being private, once that button was pressed Storify pulled it onto their site.

“Storify users can only pull status updates from people they are connected with socially, but their privacy settings matter not, and they can pull in status updates from private groups to which they belong… the Storify tool can turn private Facebook updates public, even if only one at a time,” Rosales said.

According to Rosales, Facebook and Storify users are not only upset because it is bypassing their security settings, but because, “neither Storify or Facebook offered any notification that the content was in any way restricted or private, and there is no way for users to opt out of their content being shared on Storify.”

Rosales calls for Storify and Facebook users to examine the connection between the two companies and to be mindful of whose status’ they share.

AGBeat blogged about this on Jan. 18. Storify responded to this blog on Jan. 22.

“To clarify, we want to reassure you that Storify does not make anything public that hasn’t been collected by a user and published in a story,” Burt Herman, Storify co-founder said. “Also, Storify users do NOT have access to content on the web that they couldn’t otherwise see themselves.”

Herman also said that internet users should take this as a reminder to be careful about what they post.

“On the other side, we also all must realize that everything we post that is viewable by someone else can be easily shared more widely,” Herman said. “So you should always think about what you post -- especially on Facebook when using your real name.”

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