Facebook glitch reveals who is running Greta Thunberg's social media...

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Facebook Pages give public figures, businesses, and other entities a presence on Facebook that isn't tied to an individual profile. The accounts behind those pages are anonymous unless a Page owner opts to make the admins public. You can't see, for example, the names of the people who post to Facebook on WIRED's behalf. But a bug that was live from Thursday evening until Friday morning allowed anyone to easily reveal the accounts running a Page, essentially doxing anyone who posted to one.
All software has flaws, and Facebook quickly pushed a fix for this one—but not before word got around on message boards like 4chan, where people posted screenshots that doxed the accounts behind prominent pages. All it took to exploit the bug was opening a target page and checking the edit history of a post. Facebook mistakenly displayed the account or accounts that made edits to each post, rather than just the edits themselves.
"We quickly fixed an issue where someone could see who edited or published a post on behalf of a Page when looking at its edit history," Facebook said in a statement. "We are grateful to the security researcher who alerted us to this issue."

Facebook says the bug was the result of a code update that it pushed Thursday evening. It's not something most people would have encountered on their own, since it took navigating to a Page, viewing an edit history, and realizing that there shouldn't be a name and profile picture assigned to edits to exploit it. Still, despite the Friday morning fix, screenshots circulated on 4chan, Imgur, and social media appearing to show the accounts behind the official Facebook Pages of the pseudonymous artist Banksy, Russian president Vladimir Putin, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, the hacking collective Anonymous, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and rapper Snoop Dogg, among others.



And who is behind Greta's social media? It's her dad Svante Thunberg and climate change activist Adarsh Prathap.


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We've been telling you that adults are using her and here's the proof.
 
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Facebook Pages give public figures, businesses, and other entities a presence on Facebook that isn't tied to an individual profile. The accounts behind those pages are anonymous unless a Page owner opts to make the admins public. You can't see, for example, the names of the people who post to Facebook on WIRED's behalf. But a bug that was live from Thursday evening until Friday morning allowed anyone to easily reveal the accounts running a Page, essentially doxing anyone who posted to one.
All software has flaws, and Facebook quickly pushed a fix for this one—but not before word got around on message boards like 4chan, where people posted screenshots that doxed the accounts behind prominent pages. All it took to exploit the bug was opening a target page and checking the edit history of a post. Facebook mistakenly displayed the account or accounts that made edits to each post, rather than just the edits themselves.
"We quickly fixed an issue where someone could see who edited or published a post on behalf of a Page when looking at its edit history," Facebook said in a statement. "We are grateful to the security researcher who alerted us to this issue."

Facebook says the bug was the result of a code update that it pushed Thursday evening. It's not something most people would have encountered on their own, since it took navigating to a Page, viewing an edit history, and realizing that there shouldn't be a name and profile picture assigned to edits to exploit it. Still, despite the Friday morning fix, screenshots circulated on 4chan, Imgur, and social media appearing to show the accounts behind the official Facebook Pages of the pseudonymous artist Banksy, Russian president Vladimir Putin, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, the hacking collective Anonymous, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and rapper Snoop Dogg, among others.



And who is behind Greta's social media? It's her dad Svante Thunberg and climate change activist Adarsh Prathap.


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We've been telling you that adults are using her and here's the proof.
That's not proof. All it is is confirmation bias on your part.
 
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If they were truly “using” her, that would imply some element of abuse or coercion, for which there is no evidence. There is no such thing as a political movement with just one activist and no collaboration by others. Activists, regardless of political persuasion, typically seek out others to work together to achieve their goals.

The Greta haters are despicable for trashing her so viciously, when respectful disagreement would suffice.
 

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So...
What's so horrible about expressing support for a young man who is in jail in Russia for taking part in environmental activism?

Is it ok, to you, to throw people in prison for protesting the construction of massive, filthy, stinking landfills near populated areas; polluting regions in the Far North with fucking nuclear waste; spilling oil over natural reserves; etc.

That Makichyan fellow, my Armenian brother, and others like him over there deserve all the support they get, from whoever, IMHO...
 

Macduff

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If they were truly “using” her, that would imply some element of abuse or coercion, for which there is no evidence. There is no such thing as a political movement with just one activist and no collaboration by others. Activists, regardless of political persuasion, typically seek out others to work together to achieve their goals.

The Greta haters are despicable for trashing her so viciously, when respectful disagreement would suffice.
What do you call convincing a young woman that the world is going to end so that she can be used as a mouthpiece for the opinions of adults?
This is not about concern for Greta. Spare us the crocodile tears. These are adults using a vulnerable young woman as a human shield.
This is right out of the playbook. Any criticism at all is treated as some kind of vicious attack. This isn't even a criticism of her. It's about the adults who are using her. But if anyone even mentions her name without acting like she's the greatest person in the world we get "Why are you attacking her?!?!?!?!"
 

Macduff

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So...
What's so horrible about expressing support for a young man who is in jail in Russia for taking part in environmental activism?

Is it ok, to you, to throw people in prison for protesting the construction of massive, filthy, stinking landfills near populated areas; polluting regions in the Far North with fucking nuclear waste; spilling oil over natural reserves; etc.

That Makichyan fellow, my Armenian brother, and others like him over there deserve all the support they get, from whoever, IMHO...
There's nothing wrong with supporting him. There's nothing wrong with being an environmental activist either. There is something wrong with using a kid as a mouthpiece and pretending otherwise.