Facebook: Bug may have allowed third-party apps access to user photos

Facebook: Bug may have allowed third-party apps access to user photos Photo: KSTP

December 14, 2018 10:53 AM

Facebook says a photo API bug may have affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to gain access to their photos.

A post to the Facebook for Developers blog reports the issue has been fixed, but because of the bug, some third-party apps may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual for 12 days - between Sept. 13 and Sept. 25 this year.

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Read the full post from Facebook HERE.

The post says the belief is it may have affected up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers.


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"We're sorry this happened," the post reads in part. "Early next week we will be rolling out tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug. We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users."

ABC News reported users who were affected were notified by an alert on Facebook, according to the company. They also recommended users log into apps and check which photos they granted apps access to.

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