Although Facebook started as a simple social media helping users keep in touch with their friends, it has progressed rapidly. For example, during the last months, it added some outstanding features like dating and Facebook marketplace. Having said that, lately, it has been faced with some challenges. About two months ago, Facebook discovered a security issue affecting up to 50 million accounts and these days, Facebook’s security control has broken down again. A Facebook bug has affected nearly 7 million people.
What was the bug?
There was a possibility that private photos of nearly seven million Facebook users were exposed to 1500 third-party apps supposed not to see them. The bug allowed them to see photos they shouldn’t have access to. Generally, when people grant a permission to an app to have access to their photos, they don’t intend all of their photos to be seen by this app. Unfortunately, the photos exposed included those uploaded by users and had never posted as well as photos from their stories. Of course, users uploaded photos but didn’t decide to post it, had some reasons. Nevertheless, Facebook keeps copies of these uploaded pictures in case they want to finish their job and post them.
When did the Facebook bug happen?
Although the security hole has been fixed, it was open for about 12 days starting from September 12th to September 25th.
Where did this Facebook bug come from?
The bug might be due to an error when someone is logging in and its photos API. This gets permission to developers to access Facebook photos through their apps. In other words, the users logging into other apps through their Facebook account were more likely to get affected.
No one knows whether these photos have been seen by anyone. But the bug in the Facebook system damages Facebook reputation as it was not its first slip-ups. Facebook said that we will send a notification to the affected users. In addition, they promised they will delete the copies of photos from impacted users.
In conclusion, the best solution is to be wary of granting an app the permission to access your private photos. Bugs may occur, but if you want to protect your privacy, be cautious about giving permission to your apps. Additionally, it would be better to manage your privacy settings on Facebook so as to control who will see the content you are sharing.