What Happened To Facebook’s API Bug That Exposed Photos Of 6.8M Users?
Facebook’s Photo API bug affected close to 6.8 million users, exposing their photos to app developers. It allowed third-party apps to access non-timeline photos of certain users, which includes Stories photos, and Marketplace photos. It even gave access to even private photos which are not shared anywhere on the platform.
Facebook informed in one of its posts, “We have fixed the issue but, because of this bug, some third-party apps may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018,”
What Steps Will Facebook Take To Solve Bug Expose?
Facebook said that it will notify the people impacted by API Bug. After receiving the notification, it will direct you to a Help Center link, where you’ll be able to see if you’ve used any of the apps that were affected by the bug. meanwhile, it is working with 876 developers who created over 1,500 apps affected by the bug.
Facebook has accepted and said sorry for what had happened. But will it be safer to use Facebook and share photos, stories, etc in the future?
Facebook will provide tools for app developers to check if they were impacted and it will work with them to delete photos. It’s recommending users to log into apps to check if they have wrongful photo access whether they are notified or not.
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