More bad news for the folks who are still die-hard Facebook users: the social media giant announced today that it unintentionally released private photos of users against their will-or knowledge.
The company said a bug recently allowed third-party app developers to access photos people may not have shared publicly. Facebook believes as many as 6.8 million users could be affected.
The Irish Data Protection Commission, the body that oversees Facebook’s compliance with European regulations, said on Friday that it had launched a “statutory inquiry” into Facebook as a result of multiple breaches the company had informed them about this year.
Photos that users started to upload to Facebook but did not post could have been accessed, along with images posted to Facebook Stories,Tomer Bar, an engineering director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.–CNN
Facebook believes the bug may have allowed private access to users’ private photos by 1,500 apps built by 876 developers.
Criticized for taking time to let users know about the compromise, the company claimed it waited in order to determine how bad the breach was–and to give it time to find “meaningful” ways to inform its millions of users.
This is just the latest scandal involving Facebook, which caught flak for the way it was allowed to be used by foreign bots affecting the 2016 election as well.