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posted by chromas on Wednesday November 13 2019, @02:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the its-a-feature-not-a-bug dept.

Facebook bug shows camera activated in background during app use

Some people have complained their cameras got turned on while they were looking through Facebook's app.

When you're scrolling through Facebook's app, the social network could be watching you back, concerned users have found. Multiple people have found and reported that their iPhone cameras were turned on in the background while they were looking at their feed.

The issue came to light through several posts on Twitter. Users noted that their cameras were activated behind Facebook's app as they were watching videos or looking at photos on the social network.

After people clicked on the video to full screen, returning it back to normal would create a bug in which Facebook's mobile layout was slightly shifted to the right. With the open space on the left, you could now see the phone's camera activated in the background.

This was documented in multiple cases, with the earliest incident on Nov. 2.

[...] "I thought it was just my phone or the app acting up," Lasafin said in a direct message. "Then I observed it became more persistent that evening."

Facebook would like to assure users that it was unintentional that the layout bug revealed that the camera was secretly activated.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday November 13 2019, @03:00AM (4 children)

    by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Wednesday November 13 2019, @03:00AM (#919687) Homepage Journal

    Why? Leave the thing in your pocket or purse or whatever unless someone calls or texts you. They have atrocious input, minuscule screens, and audio that would make 50s phone customers say "wow, that's some really shitty sound quality there".

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 13 2019, @06:23PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 13 2019, @06:23PM (#919954)

    audio that would make 50s phone customers say "wow, that's some really shitty sound quality there".

    Have you actually heard phones in the 50s, or analogue land lines in general? I'd put modern cell phones dramatically above phones in the 80s, let alone phones in the 50s.

    Don't let rose-shaded glasses and hyperbole undermine your argument.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday November 13 2019, @08:18PM

      by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Wednesday November 13 2019, @08:18PM (#919992) Homepage Journal

      I've spent more of my life on landlines than on cell phones. There is simply no comparison at all. Digital audio was the worst thing to ever happen to phones, removing the wires was the second worst.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 14 2019, @02:20PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 14 2019, @02:20PM (#920334)

    They have atrocious input, minuscule screens, and audio that would make 50s phone customers say "wow, that's some really shitty sound quality there".

    Ok, boomer. Have you even seen the ridiculous size of mobile phones today: 5.5", 6.5"? I wish they still had normal size Android/iOS cell phones you could slip in a pocket. I remember the "quality" of analog landlines and cellular phones from the late 70s and the audio quality was far worse than anything I've experienced, with the exception of cut-rate MVNOs.