As the month started, iPhone users started to notice a malfunction when using the Facebook app. This glitch was first discovered by 95Visual owner Joshua Maddux who took to twitter and shared his concern. In his tweet he declared the problem to be a safety and privacy issue.
When Maddux first noticed the camera became activated while he was scrolling on Facebook. However, the second time it happened he understood that it was a bug.
Maddux even shared a video on twitter showing the bug at work. In the video, he scrolled on FB and the camera immediately became activated and was pointing forward.
Other users have since shared their experience with the bug on twitter. For some users, watching videos or checking out photos on Facebook prompted camera to open in the background.
In other instances, users noticed that when they watched videos in full screen then switched to normal screen, the app layout shifted a bit revealing that camera was running in the background.
Based on Facebook’s bad reputation when it comes to privacy issues, most users speculate that the company could be spying on them. These speculations prompted Jerry Gamblin who is Kenna Security’s principal security engineer, to research on it.
Gamblin replicated the bug and carried out some tests on it. He then reported his findings to CNN and declared that there were no indications that data had been conveyed to Facebook.
Although these findings were to give us some assurance, Gamblin suggests that we refrain from using camera for the Facebook. According to him, we should do so until an update is availed.
Facebook communicated that the bug had been created by mistake when the company was working to fix the incorrect launching of Facebook iOS app in landscape mode. The bug which was “inadvertently introduced” is the culprit that has been causing the camera activation on iOS.
There has been no complaint from Android users about the bug.
In the same statement, Facebook has promised to submit a fix of the bug by today. While this is a relief, it does not look too well for Zuckerberg and team as they try to regain its customer’s trust.
Since Facebook has had a number of scandals under its belt, it is no surprise that users speculate their every move. The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed that Facebook had shared personal data of millions of its users to the political firm.
Information gathered had been used to create political ads for the 2016 presidential campaigns. This move had infuriated Facebook users and the company is facing a law suit on the same.
It will be a long way for Facebook to gain its consumer’s trust once again because as users we have developed trust issues against the social media giant. Just fixing the bug will not solve this disconnect so Facebook needs to up its game.
If not, the company should acknowledge that a slight mistake from their side will not be overlooked. This time round it was bug next time it will be another glitch and again, we will assume it to be a breach of our privacy once again.