Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

The firm apologised for the failure.

"When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline", engineering director Tomer Bar said in a message to developers. Facebook also plans on emailing users who were affected by the bug, which should be accessible in a notification within the Help Center. He also relayed the company's apologies for the lapse, and a commitment to the provision of support for developers who want to know how many of their apps' users were affected by it and to what extent.

Another bug hits Facebook and this time according to the official figure it is 6.8 million users whose private photos have been compromised.

Unposted Facebook photos affected include pictures uploaded to Facebook Stories, Facebook Marketplace, and uploaded photos that were never shared. This time, the company said that a bug in one of its APIs exposed the private photos of almost 6.8 million users.

Facepalm: Facebook's latest privacy setback actually took place in September yet curiously enough, the company waited more than two months to tell users about it. This time around the company has come clean about discovering a bug in its photo API that allowed apps to access unposted photos from 6.8 million accounts.

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If you are a Facebook user affected by this bug, Facebook will notify you soon.

"We're sorry this happened", Facebook said in a statement. The company is also suggesting users should log into apps to find out if they have access to photos they shouldn't. The new bug, however, gave about 1,500 apps access to what the company said called a "broader set of photos than usual".

"The vulnerability was the result of a complex interaction of three distinct software bugs and it impacted 'View As, ' a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else", Facebook vice president, Guy Rosen, explained.

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