Facebook is secretly using your iPhone’s camera as you scroll your feed
Are you an iPhone user, beware, Facebook might be actively using your camera without your knowledge while you’re scrolling your feed.
Since earlier this month, there were some reports about a Facebook bug that when users were watching videos or photos in the app, their phone’s camera was accidentally activated behind the Facebook app.
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The issue has come to light after Joshua Maddux reported the unusual behavior, which occurs in the Facebook app for iOS.
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. pic.twitter.com/B8b9oE1nbl
— Joshua Maddux (@JoshuaMaddux) November 10, 2019
The issue has come to light after Twitter user Joshua Maddux tweeted the unusual behavior with a screen recording that showed his iPhone camera would open as he scrolled through his social media feed.
iOS Facebook app ‘secretly using camera’ while scrolling feed
“Facebook acknowledged the bug and said that the company has already submitted a fix to the Apple App Store and is waiting for the approval.”
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Facebook, in a statement, said, “We recently discovered that version 244 of the Facebook iOS app would incorrectly launch in landscape mode. In fixing that issue last week in v246 that was rolled out on November 8th, we inadvertently introduced a bug that caused the app to partially navigate to the camera screen adjacent to News Feed when users tapped on photos. We have seen no evidence of photos or videos being uploaded due to this bug. We’re submitting the fix for this to Apple today.