Facebook glitch exposes 6.8 million users’ photos


FILE – This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook says hackers accessed data from 29 million accounts as part of the security breach disclosed two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Facebook is still struggling to keep its privacy woes at bay

The social media giant is now saying a glitch on their website has exposed the private photos of up to 6.8 million users without their permission.

“We’re sorry this happened,” Tomer Bar, an engineering director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post Friday.

The Photo API bug ran for 12 days between Sept. 13 to Sept. 25, and several third-party apps were given access to “a broader set of photos than usual.” 

The bug gave developers access to photos on a user’s timelines as well as photos posted in Stories and Marketplace, among other features. Developers were also able to see photos that were uploaded but not posted. 

“When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline. In this case, the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos,” Bar said.

According to Facebook, up to 1,500 apps were affected by the bug. The company says its working with developers to help them delete the photos, and that it plans to notify affected users. 

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