New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

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The social media platform leaked pictures which were not even shared.

As many as 6.8 million Facebook users may be impacted by a bug affecting 1,500 apps built by 876 developers, according to a blog post from one of Facebook's directors.

Facebook said: "We're sorry this happened".

Apps that receive user-permission to access photos are typically restricted to the content published on the Timeline.

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Facebook blamed this new leak on a Photo API bug that was present in its backend code between September 13 to September 25, 2018.

That includes images that someone might started posting, but decided against before finishing the task, as Facebook keeps a copy of the initial attempt in case the user wants to upload it later.

The company said it would send an alert through Facebook to notify those whose photos may have been exposed by the latest issue.

It's not yet known whether anyone actually saw the photos, but the revelation of the now-fixed problem served as another reminder of just how much data Facebook has on its 2.27 billion users, as well has how frequently these slip-ups are recurring. The apps may also have been able to reach photos posted to non-timeline areas of the social media site, such as Marketplace or Facebook Stories.

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Facebook declined to detail the exact apps that may have obtained these photos or what they may have done with them. It discovered the breach on September 25th, and the GDPR requires companies to notify the European Union within 72 hours.

Facebook announced today another security incident affecting millions of its customers.

Jenders Two weeks ago, Facebook revealed its discovery that it was the victim of a data breach. If you may have been affected, Facebook will present you with a notification in its app along with a list of apps that may have had incorrect access to your photos. They also recommended users log into apps and check which photos they granted access to.

It didn't matter what privacy settings a user had placed on their images or posts. The company continues to face scrutiny for how it handles information given to third-party application developers.

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Several of Facebook's recent privacy lapses have involved third-party apps. Once the company releases a list, you can check which of the third party apps you use.

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