Facebook users faced a creepy scenario when they used the app in their iPhones. Users experienced a bug while watching videos or scrolling photos through a Facebook app. Users found that after retreating from landscape mode to normal mode, the camera of their iPhones was open adjacent to the app. Appears to be that the app allowed to open the camera in the background.
This strange behaviour by the app, arose the users to tweet after several users encountered the same problem. Users tweeted about the issue showcasing their concerns about safety. Followed by them, CNET reported that they could imitate the same problem.
For the past few years, awareness about cybersecurity and concerns about privacy prevailed among the people. From time to time, Facebook has undergone a rough phase with complaints about them selling data to third parties. Rumours are that the friendly social media spies its users for marketing purposes. However, nothing is proven to claim rumours.
Facebook is in the controversial part of the news lately as it dealt with issues like privacy policies for paid ads, including presidential campaigns. With the president re-elections 2020 campaigns were spreading across all the platforms, but things went downhill when Joe Biden asked both Twitter and Facebook to remove the ads by Trump as the information appears to be false. Both denied removing the ads as they satisfied their policies. Later Twitter changed its policy regarding paid ads for elections.
Nevertheless, Facebook stayed still with its own decision. Different opinions were shared among professionals as well as the public for the said issue. Now with the complaints about the bug, Facebook is again facing critics. Pursuing the complaints and criticism Facebook released a statement as follows,
“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, 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.”
Facebook launched a version 246 for its users to fix the bug. This version was launched on November 8. Furthermore, Facebook also informed that they are submitting the fix for the bug to Apple.
Guy Rosen, the vice president of integrity, verified that the camera could not capture pictures as it was in the preview mode. Apparently, it is clear that Facebook didn’t capture the picture of its users.
The bug seems to affect iPhones with the version of 13.2.2, where the older versions didn’t undergo the issue.
Adding spice to the controversies, the glitch with the camera app created additional douts for users about their security when it comes to Facebook. Considering the history with Facebook selling the data back in 2018, users cannot be blamed for the trust issues.
Hopefully, in the future, Facebook may find out a way to gain the trust of the people.