Facebook Bug Exposed Pictures of 6.8 Million Users

Posted on December 14, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Social with 9 Comments

In September, Facebook revealed a security bug that allowed hackers to gain access to 50 million Facebook accounts. Around the same time, another bug on the company’s platform gave third-party developers access to photos of 6.8 million users. And the company is just revealing the bug today.

Facebook says the company discovered the bug, which gave third-party apps access to photos they aren’t supposed to have access to between September 13 to September 25. Third-party apps were able to gain access to photos shared by users on Facebook Stories, Facebook Marketplace, as well as pictures that users uploaded to Facebook but never actually posted them.

Facebook says the bug on the photos API gave 1,500 apps built by 876 different developers access to such photos. “We’re sorry this happened. Early next week we will be rolling out tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug. We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users,” the company promised on a blog post.

This isn’t the first major security bug reported by Facebook this year. It seems like there is a new privacy-related issue surrounding the company every other week, and things aren’t getting any better. The situation is so bad that Facebook is even holding popups in places like New York to try to make people believe their data is safe on Facebook. And this new security bug has been revealed just a day after the privacy popup. I wish I could tell you this was all a joke, but it, unfortunately, is not.

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