Facebook has said that a bug was responsible for a random posting that was purported to have come from its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The message, which was posted to the site’s Fan page in the name of Mr Zuckerberg, called the social-networking Website to become a “social business” with investment from its users thereby raising speculations that either the site or Mr Zuckerberg’s account had been hacked. The post, which attracted about 2,000 comments before it was removed read: “Let the hacking begin: If Facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a social business the way Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus described it?…”
According to Facebook, “a bug enabled status postings by unauthorised people on a handful of pages”. However, Facebook added that the bug, which has now been fixed, only affected a handful of Facebook pages while no personal user accounts were compromised. The news coincides with the launch of new security tools aimed to provide users with better security via secured HTTPS connections.Although Facebook currently uses HTTPS whenever a user’s password is sent, it will now be expanding its usage in order to help keep user-data more secure.