SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook introduced on Friday that it had found a bug that allowed outsiders entry to non-public pictures, probably affecting some 6.eight million individuals who use the service.
“We have fixed the issue but, because of this bug, some third-party apps may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual,” Tomer Bar, an engineering director on the firm, mentioned in a weblog put up.
The announcement is the newest in a string of issues the social community has had with shopper information. In March, The New York Times reported that Cambridge Analytica, a third-party agency, harvested the information of Facebook customers with out their categorical data or consent. And in September, a separate, extra severe breach gave hackers full entry to the Facebook accounts of tens of thousands and thousands of customers.
Facebook has pledged to higher defend person data. “If we can’t, then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Mark Zuckerberg, the corporate’s chief government, mentioned in a observe to customers this 12 months.
This most up-to-date incident is considerably much less extreme than earlier ones. Around 1,500 third-party apps had entry to customers’ uploaded pictures — even when they’d not posted them publicly to Facebook — from Sept. 13 to Sept. 25.
But it’s nonetheless one other headache for Facebook, which has confronted intensifying scrutiny from regulators and the general public after a 12 months of embarrassing failures defending buyer information.
“We’re sorry this happened,” Mr. Bar added.
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