The past year has been a tumultuous year for Facebook. In addition to reducing profits, Facebook also faces a lot of scandals, especially regarding security issues. A few users have had their Facebook accounts deleted.
Recently, the Facebook photo bug that revealed photos of users on the app does not seem to have been improved. Many people remain indifferent to this security issue because they don’t know if they will be affected. It’s important here that privacy has been violated.
With 6.8 million people and 1,500 Facebook-connected apps affected, it’s important to find out if you’re affected by Facebook’s photo bug. This vulnerability can expose a user’s photo to app developers, regardless of whether or not the user posts a picture on his timeline.
Check Facebook photo error
This error especially affects images on Facebook stories. With this error, apps that are authorized to access certain images will now be able to access other images from the user’s account.
Click here to check if your photos are affected. This page shows some basic information about the error. The middle section of the page will show if you are affected by this error, like in the illustration below.
This page explains that developers are instructed to delete photos and then regain access to only the allowed images, instead of all the pictures in the user’s account (assuming the developers actually do instructions and delete photos).
Steps to take if affected
If affected by this error, take the following steps:
1. Verify which photos are exposed by logging into the photo sharing app on Facebook.
2. Adopt Facebook’s data policy. At the bottom of the page, you will be directed to contact Facebook with questions and concerns.
Note that one preventive step to take in the event of a privacy breach is to report the bug promptly to Facebook. You can do so by following this link. This page has different categories. Choose an error that feels most relevant to the error you want to report, or choose from one of the tabs.
It is impossible to predict the mistakes that Facebook or other social networking platforms may encounter in the future. This leaves users unsure of what type of content to share. For the time being, consider making it public only content that you feel wouldn’t be a nuisance if it leaked out accidentally.
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