"API bug" allegedly caused third party apps to have access to photos from 6.8 million Facebook users
Just when you think that Facebook might get its act together and respect the privacy of its subscribers, something happens to make you wonder what is really going on with the social network. On Friday, Facebook Engineering Director Tomer Bar said, "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." Facebook Login is used by some apps to allow their subscribers to quickly verify their identity by using their Facebook username and password with the tap of a button.
Bar, quoted by MSN News, added that while Facebook fixed the issue, 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." Bar noted that as many as 1,500 apps built by 876 developers might have been affected. Still, it isn't even clear whether any of the affected photos were actually viewed by anyone.
This has not been the best of years for Facebook and its famous co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Back in April, it was revealed that as many as 87 million Facebook members had their profiles used without permission by Cambridge Analytica. In October, 30 million Facebook members' email addresses and phone numbers were exposed to hackers. And earlier this year, Zuckerberg was called to testify before House and Senate committees.