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On Friday, Facebook Engineering Director Tomer Bar said, "Our internal team discovered a photo API bug that may have affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos." Facebook Login is used by some apps to allow their subscribers to quickly verify their identity by using their Facebook username and password with the tap of a button.

Bar, quoted by MSN News, added that while Facebook fixed the issue, some third party apps "may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018." Bar noted that as many as 1,500 apps built by 876 developers might have been affected. Still, it isn't even clear whether any of the affected photos were actually viewed by anyone.

"We're sorry this happened. 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."-Tomer Bar, Engineering Director, Facebook

This has not been the best of years for Facebook and its famous co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Back in April, it was revealed that as many as 87 million Facebook members had their profiles used without permission by Cambridge Analytica. In October, 30 million Facebook members' email addresses and phone numbers were exposed to hackers. And Zuckerberg was called to testify before House and Senate committees.


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