Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Facebook bug exposes millions of users photos

Facebook bug exposes millions of users photos

Tomer Bar, engineering director of Facebook, said in a blog post on Friday night that the company discovered a bug that allowed third-party app developers to access photos of its 6.8 million users. Facebook said today that a software bug affecting almost 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what those users intended.

The firm apologised for the failure. The company estimates that the issue affects up to 6.8 million users and that 1,500 apps from 876 developers could have accessed the image content without consent.

A Facebook bug let app developers see photos users had uploaded but never posted, the social network has disclosed. Potentially affected users will be notified by Facebook and will be directed to review the apps that have access to their photos.

Some 1,500 third-party apps were inadvertently granted a higher level of access than they really should have had.

Facebook users can learn whether their photos were involved in the bug by visiting a page on Facebook's help site. In addition, they also recommended users to log into apps with which they have shared their Facebook photos to check which photos they have access to.

Facebook bug - Millions hit by picture issue, are you affected?

It said: "With reference to these data breaches, including the breach in question, we have this week commenced a statutory inquiry examining Facebook's compliance with the relevant provisions of the GDPR". The bug allowed those apps to see pictures of Facebook users that they were not granted access to. According to the company, it actually stores a copy of such photos for three days so that users would still be to post them up when they return to the Facebook app once again.

Since this is the developer-oriented alert, Facebook discusses the next step in determining how much data leaked. It will include information on the apps they've used that could have gotten private photos.

Earlier this year, both Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and more recently, Google chief Sundar Pichai were summoned before the United States Congress to explain how their software tracked people's whereabouts and knew their preferences.

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