iPhone users are
finding that their cameras are being turned on by using the Facebook app
Concerned iPhone users brought to light a bug that
activates their device’s camera when using the Facebook app.
It was noted that the camera was activated behind
Facebook’s app as users were watching videos or looking at photos on the social
Once users clicked on the video or photo in order to
enlarge it to full screen, the act of returning the screen back to normal would
trigger the bug. The result of the bug would be a shift to the right on the
layout of Facebook’s mobile layout, as well as the phone’s camera activated in
The earliest documented incident of this bug occurred on
November 2nd, 2019.
Guy Rosen, Vice President of Integrity at Facebook,
responded to concerned users via Twitter on November 12, 2019 stating, “Thanks for flagging this. This sounds
like a bug, we are looking into it.”
Rosen tweeted later that same day to state that Facebook submitted
a fix to the app store.
“We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in
landscape,” Rosen said. “In
fixing that last week in v246 we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app
partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no
evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this.”
It was also confirmed by Rosen that Facebook didn’t capture any
photos or videos while in the background, noting that the camera was in preview
Only the latest iOS versions were affected, and Android devices were not affected at all.
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