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The TechCrunch team has discovered a privacy flaw on Facebook that allowed users to gain acces to private portions of their friends profiles that they should not have been able to see.

The new bug, the TechCrunch team has discovered, allowed users to temporarily bypass the Limited Friends Lists, instead displaying profiles in their entirety, including photos and wall posts. Given the personal and often unprofessional nature of some photos and messages shared on Facebook, this was a potentially damaging security lapse.

Facebook has been contacted on this issue and is trying to fix the problem.

This isn’t the first privacy bug to affect Facebook - users have previously been able to acces private photos and view private profile information in search results.