Facebook released an update to fix a bug on its iPhone app. CNET reported that some people are complaining that Facebook’s iOS app activates their phone cameras in the background. It has been an ongoing problem since November 2.
The bug activates the camera as the users are swiping through photos or scrolling through videos. When you click on a video to full screen and return it to normal, it would create a bug. The app’s mobile layout would shift to the right creating an open space on the left. From there, you would see that your phone’s camera is activated.
Facebook responded that it could be a new bug. However, even though the camera is turned on quietly, the app is not shooting photos or videos secretly.
“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. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this.” – Facebook
But Facebook has submitted a fix to Apple. However, the bug and the fix did not help Facebook’s image. The company has been doing a lot to guarantee the users that their privacy and security are Facebook’s main concern.
Still, a bug like this one could easily threaten the effort of the company in improving its current reputation.
Last October, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, took the stage and outlined the company vision. It focused on the privacy of its users.
Over the past few months, he has been spreading this message to ensure that users have nothing to worry about.
The privacy-focused vision includes six key principles. These are interoperability, ephemerality, safety, encryption, secure data storage, and private communications.
Mark announced that Facebook-owned apps will work seamlessly together and private conversation will play a significant role in it. But he was not aware that his new plan could cause more problems.
Facebook faced numerous privacy issues in the past few years. One of them was the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It resulted in a $5 billion FTC settlement.
Other similar instances also occurred this year. Millions of FB and IG users’ details were exposed. And last fall, another data breach happened where private information of millions of users was exposed.
Over the year, the investigation got worse for Facebook.
The society is invested socially in tech companies, including Facebook. And it is a huge problem that we face. Most people don’t realize what Facebook has done.
But the offended people are those who are paying close attention to privacy issues. Government oversight might fix Facebook’s issues. But regulation might not solve everything. Some experts considered it a terrible idea.
Despite the issues it is facing, Facebook is still raking billions of dollars in revenue. However, its growth is slowing down. Perhaps, it is an indication that Facebook’s mistakes are catching up with it.
If you are concerned about the recent bug, make sure to update your Facebook iOS app.