May 24, 2022

Facebook repairs its iPhone-app camera bug that people thought spied on users

Facebook recently repaired a bug in its iPhone app that turned on some user’s cameras.

The bug caused the camera’s view to show up in a strip on one side of the screen when users tapped on photos. Facebook says it was accidentally introduced as part of an update to the app launched in early November.

According to reports the company fixed the problem with another update after web strategist Joshua Maddux drew attention to it on Twitter. He said it made him concerned that Facebook could be using facial recognition to see users’ reactions to posts.

Apple has approved the app update that repairs the bug and users can now install it to fix the problem, according to Facebook.

“We’ve confirmed that we didn’t upload anything to FB due to this bug and that the camera didn’t capture anything since it was in preview mode,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice-president of integrity, said on Twitter.

For those of you who use the app on the iPhone, be sure to update the latest version to remove this bug. If you have any questions about how to check you have the latest versions installed, be sure to get in touch. We are always happy to help.


Julie Dunmore

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