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Facebook bug exposed photos of 6.8M users to third-party developers !!

Facebook bug exposed photos of 6.8M users to third-party developers !!

The popular social media giant Facebook has announced that a bug in its Photo API exposed private photos of over 6.8 million users to third-party app developers.

This incidence took place from September 13 to September 25 2018,that means for 12 days straight some developers could view your personal and private photos without any restriction and without your consent. The company believes that up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to user’s photos without any issue.

This included photos uploaded by users on their Facebook Stories and Marketplace. Unsurprising, this also included photos that users uploaded to Facebook but decided to post. It is noteworthy that Facebook saves a copy of everything a user does on the timeline box including unpublished statues and photos.

Facebook’s engineer director Tomer Bar wrote:
If someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn’t finish posting it – maybe because they’ve lost reception or walked into a meeting – we store a copy of that photo for three days so the person has it when they come back to the app to complete their post

Although the bug has been fixed, Facebook will get in touch with you if your private photos were inappropriately accessed by these developers. Furthermore, the company maintains that it is working with developers to delete the photos from impacted users.

Facebook keeps copies of pictures you upload to the app and then don't get around to posting... just in case you want to come back and finish off the post. These images are kept for three days before being removed, Facebook says.

This is not the first time when a Facebook bug exposed the personal content of users. In June this year, a bug exposed private posts of 14 million users to the public. Moreover, in October this year, the company announced that hackers stole data of over 30 million users (including their phone numbers and location data) after exploiting a vulnerability in its “View As” feature in September.

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