Facebook’s iOS app might secretly use your phone’s Camera as you scroll your feed.

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Facebook has confirmed system bug in the latest version of iOS app.
Facebook has confirmed system bug in the latest version of iOS app.

Facebook has reportedly submitted a fix to Apple

The instances for violation of privacy is never ending. This time, there are complaints that iPhones and possibly other iOS devices have noticed the camera app being triggered in the background. The latest reports and complaints suggest that the camera was activated without the user’s knowledge.

The incident came to light when the user named Joshua Maddux took to twitter and reported the report the unusual behaviour, which occurs in the Facebook iOS app. He wrote “Found a Facebook security & privacy issue. When the app is open it actively uses the camera. I found a bug in the app that lets you see the camera open behind your feed. Note that I had the camera pointed at the carpet”.

Joshua Maddux reported first about the bug.

Facebook iOS Camera Bug: Facebook sends a fix to Apple

Such incident does degrade the privacy and security claims for Facebook but the only saving part to this remains that Facebook quickly owned up the bug in its app and went a step further to identify the source of the defect as well.

Facebook however did admit to the flaw and said it has sent the update to Apple to fix. In a recent statement Facebook did confirm the bug and tweeted “We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape. In fixing that last week in v246 we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped,”.

To our notice, iPhones running the iOS version 13.2.2 certainly show the camera actively working in the background but the issue doesn’t appear to affect iOS version 13.1.3. We also noticed that the issue only occurs if you approve the Facebook app access to your camera. If declined, it blocks the attempt.

By the time an official statement confirms that the bug has been taken care, we advise you to disable the camera function within the Facebook app and people report the issue has been solved.

Source: THE VERGE

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