How did a non-friend access my friends-only Facebook page?
January 22, 2011 8:47 PM Subscribe
Facebook privacy question: how did someone not on my friends list access my friends-only profile through a website?
posted by JoannaC to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have very strict privacy settings on Facebook due to my job. Everything is set to friends-only. What I post to Facebook is fairly innocuous, but I like to keep to to just my circle all the same :)
Today, I got a panicked phone call from my mom saying that a friend of hers (who is NOT on my friends list) was browsing a popular recipe website, saw my name on the page, clicked on it and immediately saw my entire Facebook profile, and was able to tell my mother all sorts of things that were posted there. The only contact I have had with this website was to 'like' their page---I never commented to anything, never posted anything there, never had any dealings with them beyond clicking the 'like' button so I could see site updates in my news feed.
Obviously, I have now 'un-liked' the page in question. But I am concerned as to how this might have happened. I have re-checked every privacy setting I could think of and it all says 'friends-only' so I am not sure how this website was able to broadcast my name/info, and how a non-friend clicking on it could access my friends-only stuff. I want to prevent this from happening in the future. What did I miss here?