SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook introduced on Friday that it had found a bug that allowed outsiders entry to non-public photographs, doubtlessly 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, stated in a weblog publish.
The announcement is the newest in a string of issues the social community has had with client knowledge. In March, The New York Times reported that Cambridge Analytica, a third-party agency, harvested the information of Facebook customers with out their specific information or consent. And in September, a separate, extra severe breach gave hackers full entry to the Facebook accounts of tens of tens of millions of customers.
Facebook has pledged to higher shield person info. “If we can’t, then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Mark Zuckerberg, the corporate’s chief govt, stated in a observe to customers this yr.
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 photographs — 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 yr of embarrassing failures defending buyer knowledge.
“We’re sorry this happened,” Mr. Bar added.