Is Facebook for IPhone Spying on You?

Facebook iPhone Camera Bug

Facebook doesn’t have the best history with protecting or respecting the data and privacy of its users. A bug discovered over the weekend shows that you should probably continue to have your guard up when using the social media app.

Less than a week after confirming that a few of their developers retained access to user data they shouldn’t have had for more than a year, someone discovered that Facebook was turning his camera on while he was scrolling through his feed.

Joshua Maddux tweeted about his discovery, which prompted several replies from other people who had noticed the same thing. Facebook VP of Integrity Guy Rosen tweeted on Tuesday morning that it sounded like a bug and the company was investigating it.

Later in the day after more people started voicing their concerns a representative from the company made a statement, “We recently discovered that version 244 of the Facebook iOS app would incorrectly launch in landscape mode. In fixing that issue last week in v246 — launched on November 8th — we inadvertently introduced a bug that caused the app to partially navigate to the camera screen adjacent to News Feed when users tapped on photos.”

Facebook claims that no photos or videos have been uploaded. As of right now, it’s only affecting iPhone users with iOS 13 software.

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