Recently, Facebook said that up to 6.8 million people were affected by a software bug which exposed their photos to third-party app developers who didn’t have authorization to view them. Tomar Bar explained that for 12 days, some third-party app had access to a broader set of pictures. Also in a blog post published by Tomar Bar, an issue has been addressed by Facebook saying that they affected up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers and 6.8 million users. As per their statement, this attributes the main cause of the leak to a technical bug that was occurred which has been fixed now.
The photos which were roped in for leakage by the malfunction are explained by the company. Also the bug impacted the photos which were uploaded but people did not choose to post. Let us take an example, if a person is uploading a photo to Facebook but does not finish posting it due to some reasons such as, they walked into a meeting or they have lost internet connection, Facebook stores a copy of that photo for 3 days; so when the person has time, they can come back to the app and complete their post.
An official apology has been made by their blog post saying that they are really sorry that this happened. The company is going to notify impacted users via some kind of alerts. They also added that next week, they will be progressing out tools for app developers. Such tools will allow app developers to determine which people using their app can be affected by this bug. As per the sources, the shares of Facebook were down by 1 percent at $143.52, after the day of the apology, in early afternoon trades. The company said it will be working with those app developers to delete the pictures of impacted users.