Apr 272010
 
 April 27, 2010  Non-U.S., Online

Andrew Ramadge reports:

Adelaide prankster David Thorne says his latest stunt to make waves in the digital world highlights problems with Facebook’s privacy settings.

Thorne last week created a hoax event listing on the social networking site that appeared to be a private birthday party for one “Kate Miller”.

The event was to take place at Miller’s apartment and had, seemingly, been left open to public viewing instead of set to private by accident.

Pretending that he had stumbled across the event, Thorne sent a link to his Twitter followers urging them to “hit attending & give the host an aneurysm”.

More than 60,000 people RSVP’d to the event before it was taken down by Facebook.

Thorne said he created the hoax to show how quickly events could go viral through sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“It’s like throwing a pebble into a pond and watching thousands of people jump in after it,” he told news.com.au.

However the prankster said the stunt also had a serious side.

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