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Facebook's search feature has some pretty creepy suggestions



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Another day, another instance of something creepy happening on Facebook.

The latest: a strange "bug" on Facebook's search tool that lets you search for pictures of women, but not men.

The issue was first reported by Belgian security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire who posted about the search results on Twitter. He noted that searching for "photos of my female friends" on Facebook. Yet when you search "photos of my male friends" you get a bunch of random images (mostly of memes) that are not from your friends.

Mashable tried the results and got the same results : searches with the word "female" worked, but with "male" did not.

That discrepancy is troubling enough, but it gets worse. While these are looking for violations, Facebook's rules against nudity are "photos of my female friends in bikinis," which returned photos of women in bikinis, as well as a picture of a topless woman. Separately, "photos of my female friends at the beach" so what.

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Image: screenshot / karissa bell

Facebook didn Fast Company the bikini photo search suggestion was a "bug" that would be fixed.

Those were not the only weird inconsistencies in search. While we were looking at you, you were able to find the words "male friends" or "female friends".

The Friends for "female friends" included "female friends photos" and "female friends who are single" while searching for "male friends" had much more innocuous suggestions for "make friends group" and "make friends around the world . " “/>

Results for female friends were wildly different.

Results for female friends were wildly different.

Image: screenshot / karissa bell

 More innocuous search results for male searches.

Image: screenshot / karissa bell

According to Facebook's support page, its search field recommends searches that are popular on Facebook. The list of results appears on Facebook, "known as search predictions", "the company writes." 19659008] In other words: creepy search suggestions are the result of a lot of people being, well, creepy. That said, it's not clear that this type of behavior and is, in fact, encouraging these searches.

h / t: The Next Web

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