Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Facebook ‘Sorry’ About Bug That Exposed Unposted Photos From 6.8 Million Users

Facebook ‘Sorry’ About Bug That Exposed Unposted Photos From 6.8 Million Users

A recent photo API bug revealed that the Facebook app gave away more than 68 lakh photos of up to 5.6 million users to app developers.

Facebook said that more than 1,500 apps may have also been affected by the bug that exposed users' unshared photos between September 13 to 25.

Users who may have been affected by the bug will be notified by Facebook using an alert on the social network.

The security lapses come as Facebook works to fix the damage to its reputation from missteps that include the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal and failing to stop Russian use of the site to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election.

In April, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Senate over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, after the political consulting firm harvested private data of up to 87 million Facebook users for the 2016 election.

Bar explained that Facebook will work with developers to make sure that photos affected by the bug are deleted.

George Salmon, an analyst with Hargreaves Lansdown, said that new reports of bugs and breaches raise the likelihood that governments will impose new regulations on Facebook's business practices. However, the alert will redirect them towards the link where they can see that if they use any app that allowed bug to access their photos.

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They are also recommending that people log into any apps with which they have shared their Facebook photos to check which images they have access to.

The social media giant allows third-party apps to ask for user permission to access pictures on said users' Facebook timeline.

The incident initially appears to be relatively minor but could prompt privacy regulators in Europe to start investigations of Facebook, said Brian Wieser, an analyst with Pivotal Research.

"We're sorry this happened", Facebook said in a statement. Normally this would only give the app access to photos that were published to the user's timeline but other photos were exposed as well.

Meanwhile, the social media platform had to say sorry earlier that month when nearly 50 million users around the world were affected by a security breach after hackers compromised the social media site's "View As" feature.

The photo mishap could embolden those who believe Facebook and its peers in Silicon Valley should be regulated for the data they collect about their users.

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