Facebook bug exposes millions of users photos

Facebook admits 6 billion users' private photos accessed by third-party

Facebook admits 6 billion users' private photos accessed by third-party

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. Facebook, trusted and beloved social-media platform with a pristine reputation, has goofed.

Facebook said the bug had to do with an error related to Facebook Login and its photos API. One such tool involves the Photos API, which lets developers request access to users' photos to provide a variety of utilities.

"We already have a lot of evidence to reinforce the idea that Facebook is sloppy, prioritizing growth at the expense of other considerations", Brian Wieser, an analyst with Pivotal Research, said in an email. Facebook also plans on emailing users who were affected by the bug, which should be accessible in a notification within the Help Center.

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. In June, a bug affecting privacy settings led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings.

Well, turns out Facebook has found itself in a bit of hot water yet again. It discovered the breach on September 25th, and the GDPR requires companies to notify the European Union within 72 hours.




Facebook maybe fined up to 20 million pounds or 4 percent of annual global revenue for the incident. And the company is just revealing the bug today.

Facebook has been under close scrutiny for how it handles - or mishandles - the massive quantity of user data it has accumulated.

Some 1,500 third-party apps were inadvertently granted a higher level of access than they really should have had.

Giving permission to an app to access photos on Facebook only include pictures people share on their timeline.

"Facebook initially didn't disclose when it discovered the bug, but in response to TechCrunch's inquiry, a spokesperson says that it was discovered and fixed on September 25th". The hack involved a feature known as "View As", which enables users to see what their Facebook ... There affected users where will likely be able to see what images may have been compromised by Facebook to these third party developers. In response to that scandal, Facebook initiated a broad review of the games and other third-party apps made available to its users on the site.

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