If 2019 has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no such thing as privacy online. Mark Zuckerburg, a.k.a the mastermind behind Facebook, has been working tirelessly to implement new privacy features for his social network ever since people were made aware that it’s literally one big data collection scheme. However, it seems there’s a bug in Facebook’s iOS app that has yet to be taken care of.
Today, while watching a video on @facebook, I rotated to landscape and could see the Facebook/Instagram Story UI for a split second. When rotating back to portrait, the Story camera/UI opened entirely. A little worrying... pic.twitter.com/7lVHHGedGf— Neo QA (@neo_qa) November 2, 2019
Some iPhone users have discovered that the camera is activated when you click into a photo or video while in fullscreen mode in the Facebook app, and it's working behind the Facebook interface. Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity (yes, that’s a real job title) Guy Rosen shared that they’re aware of the issue and are working on solving it in the next update.
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
He also stated there’s no evidence that any of the photos or videos have actually been uploaded or used, but our social media trust issues mean we’ll be avoiding the app until the next update.
Users notice Facebook's iOS app accesses the camera as they do unrelated things like scrolling their feeds; one workaround is to revoke app's camera permissions (@alfredwkng / CNET)https://t.co/iRsYbWR8uHhttps://t.co/HiFdj1XWEp— Techmeme (@Techmeme) November 12, 2019
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