Facebook bug gave other apps access to your private photos

The social media company said in a blog post late Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 that it shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram and says it’s investigating them in more detail. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Facebook is having more privacy issues. It announced Friday a bug in its platform may have given third-party apps access to photos of nearly 7 million users.

The bug would have given those apps access to users photos, including pictures that users uploaded to Facebook but did not share.

Facebook said in a statement on its website that the bug involved up to 1,500 apps between Sept. 13 and Sept. 25.

“When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline. In this case, the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or Facebook Stories. The bug also impacted photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post. For example, if someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn't finish posting it - maybe because they've lost reception or walked into a meeting - we store a copy of that photo so the person has it when they come back to the app to complete their post," Facebook wrote in its statement.

Facebook did not say when it discovered the issue.

The social network said it will notify you if wor photos were potentially affected. You can also visit the Help Center to see if you or apps you've used were affected.

Facebook says it will work with developers to delete the exposed photos.

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