Facebook’s latest privacy scandal include the leak of private photos of millions of users which were accidentally shared with 1,500 apps. The company found a bug that gave 1,500 third-party apps access to the unposted Facebook photos of 6.8 million users. Unposted Facebook photos affected include pictures uploaded to Stories, Marketplace, and uploaded photos that were never shared.
The bug allowed authorized app programmers to access photos that people had uploaded to FB but had not publicly shared. “About 6.8 million users, 1,500 apps, and 876 app developers are affected by the bug,” Facebook said. But users had to give the apps authorization to “access the photo API.” The bug was active for 12 days in September earlier this year.
“We’re sorry this happened. Early next week we will be rolling out tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug. We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users,” Facebook said in a statement.
Along with an alert on users’ account, Facebook is also recommending people log into any apps with which they have shared their FB photos to check which photos they have access to. It has faced an unending string of privacy scandals over the past two years. Developers were able to take and sell the personal data of 87 million FB users in what came to be known as the Cambridge Analytica scandal.