Facebook has always made faux pas public, but now it’s easier than ever to broadcast an unfortunate post to the world.
Callum Haywood, an 18-year-old web developer, has put together an experimental website that takes public Facebook statuses and “re-publishes them in a way that might just get some people fired, arrested, or stalked,” reported Business Insider on Wednesday.
The site, “We Know What You’re Doing,” compiles embarrassing posts in categories like “Who’s taking drugs?” “Who’s hung over?” and “Who wants to get fired?” All the posts are available on Facebook and, for Haywood, the point is privacy.
His website states, “What is the lesson to be learned? Just make sure your Facebook privacy settings are sufficient, for example don’t publish status updates containing potentially risky material as ‘Public.’”
According to The Blaze, Haywood told Substance TV that “Facebook will happily give this information out to other sites via its API.”
And after Facebook gives out this information, some other guy on the Internet will happily put it on a site where your boss can see it.