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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: 2) by SDRefugee on Wednesday November 13 2019, @09:43AM (2 children)

    by SDRefugee (4477) on Wednesday November 13 2019, @09:43AM (#919774)

    If you absolutely. positively MUST use Facebook on Android, at LEAST use it via a webbrowser vs installing the piece of shit that IS the
    FB app. If you use the app, you are asking for this privacy ass-raping. I have great sympathy for those who own phones that have this
    sewage installed in the factory image...

    America should be proud of Edward Snowden, the hero, whether they know it or not..
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  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday November 13 2019, @12:18PM (1 child)

    by VLM (445) on Wednesday November 13 2019, @12:18PM (#919792)

    use it via a webbrowser

    I'm told by addicts, like my wife, that everything about the FB mobile browser experience is better than the app, OTHER than photo uploading. No, she's not an e-girl or whatever, but she does do the middle aged woman thing of pointlessly uploading the kids doing stuff. There are at least some hybrid people who use both.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 16 2019, @06:13PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 16 2019, @06:13PM (#921019)

      Do the uploading with the PC browser...