Facebook Reveals Bug Exposed 6.8 Million Users' Photos

Laverne Mann
December 17, 2018

Facebook did not yet comment on whether expired Facebook Stories photos were exposed, though it did specify that no photos shared in Messenger were affected.

The social media platform leaked pictures which were not even shared.

The apps also had access to photos posted in Facebook Stories and in the Facebook Marketplace.

The company said the bug has been fixed.

For 12 days, between September 13th and 25th of this year, some of those apps may have had a much broader range of access than the users or Facebook had granted.

The bug gave the external operators far greater access to Facebook users' images than the tech firm normally allows.

"We have been investigating the issue since it was discovered to try and understand its impact so that we could ensure we are contacting the right developers and people affected by the bug", a Facebook spokesperson told CNN.

According to the social media site, over 1500 apps were able to access these photos across up to 6.8 million accounts.

Facebook will notify users of a photo bug.

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Well, turns out Facebook has found itself in a bit of hot water yet again.

The bigger issue here, as TechCrunch points out, is disclosure.

She added that the data breach announced by Facebook today is "another sign that Facebook is not as trustworthy as they say they are when it comes to keeping your data safe and making sure it is held and processed in a manner compliant with GDPR and your protection rights".

Internal Facebook emails show conversations about use of data access as a bargaining tool with certain advertisers. Since the Cambridge Analytica incident, Facebook has been under the scanner for its poor handling of user data.

Some 1,500 third-party apps were inadvertently granted a higher level of access than they really should have had. It is also worth pointing out that this particular bug may have exposed even the photos that people made a decision to upload to the platform but chose not to post.

The bug is the latest in a series of privacy lapses that continue to crop up, despite Facebook's repeated pledges to batten down its hatches and do a better job preventing unauthorized access to the pictures, thoughts and other personal information its users intend so share only with friends and family.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is also looking into Facebook data breaches.

Several of Facebook's recent privacy lapses have involved third-party apps.

Also, try using Facebook from your web browser than the actual app. So far there has been little evidence a significant percentage of the users are anxious enough about privacy to get off the service. But in the case of a web browser, you are still at risk, but chances are relatively low. The glitch breached data of users which were meant to be private.

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