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Bug exposed 6.8 million users’ photos: Facebook

On Friday, one of the leading news channels of New York informed that the biggest Social Media Network Facebook recently ran into a bug. The bug made the social network expose the private photos of millions of users without their permission. This is said to be the second bug in the past few months, as earlier it exposed the passwords of its Instagram app users.

Regarding the concern, the company said that third-party app developers were allowed to access the personal photos of the Facebook users due to an ongoing bug. Facebook has conveyed that more than 6.8 million users could be affected by this bug.

Reports say that the Irish Data Protection Commission had launched a “statutory inquiry” into Facebook. The inquiry has been initiated by the body that oversees Facebook’s compliance with European regulations as a result of multiple breaches the company had informed them about this year.

Tomer Bar, an engineering director at Facebook responded about the recent bug and conveyed through a blog post that the photos that users uploaded to Facebook but never shared through a post might have been accessed. These photos also include images posted to Facebook Stories, Tomer Bar said.

“We’re sorry this happened,” he added.

The blog post by Tomer Bar also briefed that the photos of the users were exposed within a 12 day period in September.

When asked why Facebook waited to inform the public of the issue, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business, “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. It then took us some time to build a meaningful way to notify people, and get translations done.”

As of now, the information that Facebook is providing to the third-party app developers is under scrutiny by the Facebook officials. Facebook further said that the photos could have been accessed by 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. The company will soon notify the users that have been impacted by the bug.

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Bob Luthar

Bob Luthar

After serving as a lead author in leading magazines, Bob planned to launch its own venture as GizmoPosts. With a decade-long work experience in the media and passion in technology and gadgets, he founded this website. Luthar now enjoys writing on tech and software related topics. When he’s not hunched over the keyboard, Bob spends his time engulfed in Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels and movies.

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