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This new Facebook bug has millions of iOS users scared

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Nov 14, 2019, 1:50 pm IST
Updated Nov 14, 2019, 1:55 pm IST
Several users took to Twitter last week where the matter came to light, sharing anecdotes and even screen recordings of their iPhones.
For a platform that has so often been on the wrong side of privacy protection requirements this development is quite distressing then (Photo: ANI)
 For a platform that has so often been on the wrong side of privacy protection requirements this development is quite distressing then (Photo: ANI)

Social media network Facebook is facing some issues on its end, with multiple bugs being reported in recent days. This is especially true as far as its iOS users go at least.

The latest in the slew of these reported bugs is quite alarming. Several users took to Twitter last week where the matter came to light, sharing anecdotes and even screen recordings of their iPhones where Facebook’s app would suddenly pop up the camera’s viewfinder when shifting while watching videos or photos.

 

For a platform that has so often been on the wrong side of privacy protection requirements this development is quite distressing then, even If Guy Rosen, their VP of integrity says this is just an unintended product of the fixing of another bug.

Privacy experts have for long said that granting camera permissions to applications will allow them to access it at any time, whether you, the end-user, is aware of it or not. Thus, it alleviates concerns that the platform may be accruing visual data on its users, such as reactions while consuming content and other creative ways.

However, in a statement to news portal Gizmodo the social media network said, “...We didn’t upload anything to FB due to this bug and that the camera didn’t capture anything since it was in preview mode. We’ve submitted a fixed version to the App Store which is already rolling out.”

Like Gizmodo said, the preview mode really does sound like a less scary of simply saying an 'always on camera.'

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