Facebook has reported yet another data access issue, this time relating to photos shared – and even not shared – via The Social Network.
As explained by Facebook :
« Our internal team discovered a photo API bug that may have affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. 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. »
The issue may have opened up access to your images on Facebook, including anything posted to Stories or Marketplace. But Facebook also notes that the bug could have granted access to images you hadn’t shared:
« For example, if someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn’t finish posting it – maybe because they’ve lost reception or walked into a meeting – we store a copy of that photo for three days so the person has it when they come back to the app to complete their post. »
Facebook says the issue could have affected up to 6.8 million users, and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. As noted above, they’ve now fixed the issue, but investigations into the actual impact will take some time.
Source : Social Media Today