Facebook stated Friday that a software bug impacting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app designers than what those users planned.
Although this doesn’t indicate the images were actually seen by anybody, the discovery of the bug provides another suggestion of simply just how much data Facebook has on its 2.27 billion users and how often these sorts of slipups occur.
In a blog post, the company said the bug impacted 6.8 million individuals who gave permission for third-party apps to access the pictures. Facebook stated the users’ photos might have been exposed for 12 days in September which the bug was fixed.
Generally when individuals provide apps access to their images, it indicates just pictures published on their Facebook page. Facebook states the bug potentially gave designers access to other photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or on Facebook Stories. The bug likewise affected photos that individuals published to Facebook however selected not to post or could not post for technical factors.
The issue can be found in a year filled with personal privacy scandals and other issues for the world’s greatest social network.
Discoveries that the data-mining company Cambridge Analytica incorrectly accessed information from as many as 87 million users led to congressional hearings and changes in what sorts of information Facebook lets outside developers gain access to. In June, a bug affecting personal privacy settings led some users to publish publicly by default no matter their previous settings. This bug affected as many as 14 million users over numerous days in May.
On Thursday, to counter the bum rap it’s gotten around personal privacy since late, Facebook hosted a one-day “pop-up” to speak to users about their settings and whatever else might be on their mind. Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan was on hand to respond to concerns. Asked by a press reporter what grade she ‘d give Facebook for its personal privacy work in the past year, she stated “B.” By 2019, she stated she hopes the enhancements will lead to an “A.”.
Personal privacy experts may call it grade inflation. In any case, the business has its work eliminated prior to it makes the leading grade.
With 2 more weeks left of the year, it’s possible there’s still time for another personal privacy kerfuffle at Facebook. While the scandals do not appear to have actually affected the company’s huge user base, growth has slowed. And the company has actually had to increase just how much it invests in personal privacy and security, which put a damage in its bottom line and in August added to a stock rate plunge.
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