A few days ago, we reported that Facebook has been dealing with another privacy scandal. There’s been revealed that a Photo API bug just gave app developers too much access to the photos of about 6.8 million users.
The official post says that “the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or Facebook Stories.”
Facebook developers fixed the issue
The developers at Facebook claim they have fixed the problem, but because of this bug, some third-party apps may have accessed a broader set of photos than usual for 12 days sometime between September 13 and September 25.
The bug has been around only for two weeks, but the impact it has was enormous.
“The bug also impacted photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post. For example, if someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn’t finish posting it – maybe because they’ve lost reception or walked into a meeting – we store a copy of that photo, so the person has it when they come back to the app to complete their post,” the official post notes.
How to check if you have been impacted
If you are curious if you are one of the affected users, it’s essential to find out that Facebook created a page that users can go to and see if their pics have been exposed.
Facebook made sure to apologize for what happened, but considering all the scandals that have involved users’ security on the social platform lately; this doesn’t come at the best moment ever. If such unfortunate events keep repeating themselves and compromise users’ privacy and security will undoubtedly lead to lack of trust in the platform, and eventually, users would prefer to drop it.
In order to check your account, click here while you’re logged into your account. If you were affected by the bug as well, then you’ll see instructions on that page for what to do.
After finishing Theatrical Journalism at the Faculty of Theatre and Television in Cluj-Napoca, Rada reviewed movies, books, theatre pieces and she also wrote articles from the IT niche as a content editor for software producers. At the moment, she is working with various online advertising firms.