iPhone users Worried over Facebook Bug Accessing the Camera!
I hope it's just a bug.
What exactly is this Facebook bug on the iPhone?
A Tweet by Joshua Maddux, showed his phone’s rear camera active in the background as he scrolled through the social media app. He called it a Facebook privacy and security bug.
Found a @facebook #security & #privacy issue. When the app is open it actively uses the camera. I found a bug in the app that lets you see the camera open behind your feed. Note that I had the camera pointed at the carpet. pic.twitter.com/B8b9oE1nbl
— Joshua Maddux (@JoshuaMaddux) November 10, 2019
Knowing that the company uses the microphones to gather user information for targeting relevant ads coupled with the latest Facebook bug came as ‘worrying’ for many.
Is the Glitch still there?
Facebook confirmed the issue in the iPhone app and has reportedly issued a fix to it. According to The Verge, a new update, resolving the bug, is available on the Apple App store now.
While speaking about the measures that are being taken about the glitch on Apple’s iPhone. the spokesperson to Facebook had this to say:
Facebook app would navigate to the camera screen adjacent to News Feed when users tapped on photos. We have seen no evidence of photos or videos being uploaded due to this bug.
According to Chris Morales (Head of Security Analytics) at Vectra, the Facebook bug in the iPhone app is not an attempt to spy on its users.
This is mostly a harmless bug that allows Facebook to use the camera but it is not a compromise or breach of personal data or privacy. The easiest thing to do is for users to disable the use of the camera in the iPhone app settings.
If you’re an iPhone user and reading about this gives you anxiety you have two options. Either believe what Facebook is saying (it’s kinda hard though) or disable the camera in the iOS app.