New Facebook bug may have exposed unposted photos of 6.8 mn users

Judy Cobb
December 15, 2018

And, the tech giant also admits that the bug impacted photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post.

Facebook says the bug on the photos API gave 1,500 apps built by 876 different developers access to such photos. 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.

The latest privacy mishap could embolden those who believe Facebook and its peers in Silicon Valley should be regulated for the data they collect about their users. Even though the company following the Cambridge Analytica scandal promised that it would tighten the security and deal with users' data more carefully it failed repeatedly. Starting next week, it will roll out tools for developers to determine which of their users might have been affected and delete photos those apps may have incorrectly stored. Facebook said that earlier this year that "most" of Facebook's users may have had their personal data skimmed by "malicious actors".

A Facebook software flaw may have exposed the photos of 6.8 million users to a much wider audience than intended, the social network confirmed Friday. The apps may also have been able to reach photos posted to non-timeline areas of the social media site, such as Marketplace or Facebook Stories. If you may have been affected, Facebook will present you with a notification in its app along with a list of apps that may have had incorrect access to your photos.

"Facebook is sensibly trying hard to regain the trust of its user base, but all that effort will be to no avail if stories like this keep emerging", he said.

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"We're sorry this happened", engineering director Tomer Bar said in a message to developers, adding that the company has fixed the issue.

Another day, another privacy issue with Facebook.

"We are also recommending people log into any apps with which they have shared their Facebook photos to check which photos they have access to", concluded Bar.

In the blog post, Facebook indicated it will notify people who were impacted.

As shared in the above excerpt, the company is saying that the affected images are the ones that the user either decided not to share after uploading or lost reception during the process. That will send them to the Help Center where they can see which apps may have had access to their "other photos".

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