Facebook Source Code?

Thu 17 Nov 2005 9:49pm

File this one under “weird”. Apparently, some guy named Chris Nowak got his hands on some of the Facebook source code. I managed to get a look at it before it went offline. Pretty interesting stuff. It’s written in PHP and is awfully complicated. There was an especially interesting part near the bottom of the file about monitoring people’s profile viewing habits in order to track stalkers! Yes, it actually said this in the comments. Something about cooperating with law enforcement… I’m sure that this is well within the terms of the EULA (I’m not on Facebook, so I wouldn’t know) but it’s still rather interesting nonetheless. Facebook helps the police track people who are profile stalking. Weird.

I’m not really certain how Mr. Chris happened to get his hands on source code from Facebook, but apparently it was the real thing, because it was taken down within a 24 hour period.

Comments (3 So Far)

Full Decent says:
Wed 26 Apr 2006 - 12:21pm

which file was the source for?

Kunal says:
Thu 29 Jun 2006 - 10:39am

Can u share source code for facebook

Sean says:
Thu 29 Jun 2006 - 11:24am

Sorry Kunal, like I said. I glanced at it. I obviously didnt save it because its illegal to keep such things.

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