by 👩💻 Stephanie Boyd
It really hasn’t been a great year for Facebook, despite the fact that the social network has continued to maintain a general popularity with millions of people worldwide. Mark Zuckerberg’s firm fell under particular scrutiny earlier in 2018 as it emerged that Facebook had shared a number of personal details with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica against public knowledge. Since then, the firm has also come under fire for a number of potential problems, as well as the fact that many shareholders remain unhappy with the fact that Zuckerberg retains a joint role of CEO and Chairman in the company.
This week, however, the firm’s name has hit the headlines once again as a result of a bug which appears to have private exposed photos of up to 6.8 million different users on the network. Having recently hosted a privacy event in New York, Facebook has announced to the world that a software bug may have allowed said pictures, including those which may not have been posted by users affected. It is the latest in a line of breaches at Facebook, in a year where the inner workings of the social network have been probed into more than ever before.
Up to 1500 different third-party apps, according to the firm, are reported to have been potentially hit by a security bug which may have let its developers have access to millions of different private photos. These apps will have been given access to photos posted across the network, such as through Marketplace, Stories, and elsewhere on the site. As mentioned, even those photos uploaded but not yet posted may also have been intercepted.
Facebook Photo Bug May Have Affected 6.8M Users [video]
Facebook has vowed to notify and work with those users who may be affected by the breach. “When someone gives a permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline,” an official blog statement read. “In this case, the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos.”
The network will reportedly also be working with said developers potentially affected by the bug in an effort to remove photos from those users who are also impacted. As a result, it appears ownership is being exercised here – but will it be enough to appease those who have already taken a dim view of Facebook’s workings this year?