The new Facebook iPhone app is a big improvement over the last version, that’s for sure, but I’ve noticed some strange behaviour with this new version that I didn’t see before. I’m not sure if this is a new attempt at privacy or just a bug in the application. See screenshot below:
Note where it says “Facebook User” instead of the person’s name, but for some reason their profile picture is still displayed. If you then ‘click’ (or tap is I guess a better word since we’re talking about an iPhone) on their ‘name’ (in this case “Facebook User”) then it takes me to a page that actually shows me their name, but not the profile picture that it had previously shown me. See below:
If you’re going to allow me to click through and find out the person’s name anyway, why not just display it in the first place?? Also, if the picture isn’t meant to be displayed – probably shouldn’t display it.
Here is what is looks like through a brower:
As you can see – names, but no pictures, which is probably what they (the people who configured their privacy settings) were going for.