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Facebook bug shows creepy search suggestions

ANI | Updated: Feb 14, 2019 14:10 IST

California [USA], February 14 (ANI): If you are using Facebook’s search tool, try not to be creeped out by the suggestions the social networking service will show you. Thanks to a bug, Facebook is showing inappropriate search suggestions.
As discovered by Belgian security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire, if you search for ‘photos of my female friends’ in the main Facebook search box, you will be indeed shown a bunch of photos of women you are friends with on Facebook.
However, when you search the same for male friends, you are shown a bunch of random images who are not your friends.
Mashable did its own search and found the same suggestions. Interestingly, the first automatically suggested query was ‘photos of my female friends in bikinis’, along with ‘photos of female friends at the beach’.
Facebook says it is working on the bug for ‘female friends in bikinis’ suggestion. The support page explains that the list of suggestions is not based on your search history but is based on popular searches on Facebook, known as search predictions. (ANI)