The bug allowed the camera to run in the background while you look at the News Feed.
Add this to Facebook’s increasing offenses against privacy. A couple of days ago, Joshua Maddux pointed out that the Facebook app for iOS has a serious security flaw: it allowed the camera to run in the background while you are scrolling the News Feed. The reported bug was posted on Twitter the other day.
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
Facebook acknowledged the flaw – though many are already showing concern after all the privacy issues that the social media network has faced. Still, the company was quick on fixing the flaw and has started rolling out updates to the iOS app. It makes you wonder though if the flaw has always been present in previous versions and we’ve only noticed it now – that’s something that should keep me awake at night.
Android users are safe for now, but keep that app updated if you intend on using the Facebook app.
Or maybe it’s time to permanently delete your Facebook account.