Facebook Comes Clean about a Bug which Exposed Up to 6.8 Million Users’ Unpublished Photos Three Months Ago

A newly-revealed Facebook photo bug, which occurred back in mid September, compromised as many as 6.8 million users’ unpublished pics to app developers…

Add this to the ever-growing list of Facebook scandals. Apparently, a bug in the social networks’ Photo API exposed up to 6.8 million users’ unshared images to app developers.

And, it happened back in September, from the 13th through the 25th. But, the digital corporation didn’t ‘fess up to the breach. Instead, the company says it fixed the issue on September 25th and then launched an investigation.

Facebook Photo Bug Exposes Up to 6.8 Million Users’ Unposted Pictures

The Facebook photo bug could well put the social entity at risk for violating the GDPR in the form of fines over failure to disclose. (The GDPR requires such transparency within 72 hours.) As a result, penalties can range up to 20 million pounds or 4 percent of annual global revenue.

In the meantime, Facebook says it will offer tools next week to app devs so they can learn if they were impacted. Also, the social network states it will work with developers to delete unauthorized user photos.

Additionally, the company will send out notifications to people it suspects were compromised. The message will in-turn, send possibly impacted users to the Help Center.

This latest privacy failure joins another massive security breach which gave hackers an in-road to scrape 30 million users’ information.

Bill Boyles

Bill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.